For many years guest speaker Richard Bistrong was an International Sales Vice President for a major defense contractor.
He bribed. He got caught. He cooperated with international law enforcement. He went to jail.
Richard now shares his experience with corruption and real-world risk from the front-line of international business with compliance and commercial teams.
Richard, along with an expert panel of Chief Compliance Officers, will join us to discuss and analyze the challenges compliance professionals face when managing anti-corruption compliance on the ‘front-line’ and how compliance professionals can protect their firms, brand and reputation.
Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive in the defense sector and currently blogs and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard’s experience included his role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and working in the UK. For well over ten years, Richard traveled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days per year.
In 2007 Richard was targeted by the US Department of Justice in an investigation of a UN supply contract and was terminated by his employer. In that same year, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the United Kingdom, Richard assisted the United States, Great Britain, and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA, bribery and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales. Richard’s cooperation, which spanned three years of covert cooperation and two years of trial preparation and testimony, was one of the longest in a white-collar criminal investigation. In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp. Richard was released in December of 2013.
Richard now writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Like today, Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges from the field of international business, reflecting on his own perspective and practice as a former sales executive and law enforcement cooperator. Richard currently consults with organizations through his company, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, and welcomes the opportunity to exchange and share perspectives on real-world anti-bribery and compliance challenges.
Richard’s blog is: www.richardbistrong.com He can be reached via his blog or email, firstname.lastname@example.org and he frequently tweets on #FCPA & #compliance @richardbistrong. Richard also engages with the risk and compliance community on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +, all listed under his name.