Known as an entertaining and incisive writer and speaker, he is one of the leading American experts on Europe and transatlantic relations. Drawing on both diplomatic and business experience Kornblum exhibits a unique combination of experience and knowledge which he can apply in a variety of situations. The career diplomat enjoyed a distinguished career of over three decades, starting in 1964 as a junior official in Germany. As United States Minister to Berlin in 1987, Kornblum conceived Ronald Reagan’s historic speech at the Brandenburg Gate. He later served as Deputy Ambassador to NATO and US Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna.
As Assistant Secretary of State in Washington, Kornblum was deputy negotiator of the Dayton Agreement and later US special envoy to the Balkans. He was the senior US negotiator for preparation of the CFE negotiations and for the staged enlargement of NATO and the European Union. He served as American Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001.
Kornblum was chairman for Germany of Lazard Freres from 2001 to 2009. He has been with Noerr since 2008 and fulfils advisory mandates with several other international companies. He has been a member of numerous private and public boards, including Bayer AG, Thyssen-Krupp Technologies, Motorola Europe, the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Russell Reynolds Associates , the American Academy in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Deutsches Institut für Community Organizing. Kornblum appears often in the press and electronic media in both Europe and the United States. He lives in Berlin.