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.
Sergio V. Leal
Sergio V. Leal is the Chief Compliance Officer of Layne Christensen Company, a global water management, construction and drilling company. Prior to his role at Layne, Sergio was the Ethics and Compliance Manager & Counsel at McDermott International, Inc., an oil and gas services company. At McDermott, Sergio oversaw the company’s compliance program in two of its four business regions (Americas and North Sea & Africa). Before working in International Anti-Corruption Law, Sergio worked as a civil litigator for a large, multi-national law firm and a national plaintiff’s firm. Sergio is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Columbia Law School, and he is fluent in Spanish.
Sergio’s approach to compliance focuses on an often overlooked component: the people. Sergio firmly believes that invested and engaged employees promote an ethical culture. In short, if your employees don’t care about your company and its compliance efforts, your program will suffer.
Garrett Cornelison serves as VP Chief Compliance Officer for Key Energy Services, Inc., an oilfield services company with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Russia, Oman and Bahrain. He is an International Trade and Compliance lawyer with significant experience in the oilfield services industry, with two stints in private practice with the Houston office of Baker Hostetler, focusing on trade and corruption compliance issues for clients in the energy industry. He has previous in-house experience at two oilfield services companies, Exterran (midstream production and compression) and McDermott (offshore energy infrastructure construction), and worked out of the Dubai offices of both Exterran and McDermott, focusing on Eastern Hemisphere corruption, international trade and antitrust compliance issues. He is a Law graduate of University of Texas School.
Josh Wallenstein is the Chief Compliance Officer of McDermott International. Mr. Wallenstein brings over a decade of broad-based legal and compliance experience in various sectors from both private legal practice and public in-house corporate compliance positions (including Baker Hughes and Weatherford in the global energy sector). Having been based in Mexico City, Dubai, and various US cities, Mr. Wallenstein’s previous roles have emphasized the international legal and compliance functions necessary to support those sectors. Prior to his work in the compliance sector, Mr. Wallenstein also served as an Associate Attorney at Linklaters and as Research Director at the Corporate Executive Board. Mr. Wallenstein holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B. A. from Southern Methodist University; he is a published author and frequent public speaker on ethics and compliance-related issues.
Dan Chapman is Vice President – Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Cameron, a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil and gas industries. Mr. Chapman has worked in Houston for Cameron since 2014. In his current role, Mr. Chapman coordinates Cameron’s compliance efforts, with a particular focus on developing and implementing initiatives related to anti-bribery, anti-boycott, economic sanctions and export controls compliance. In addition, Mr. Chapman manages the company’s LEXIM group, which provides optimization, strategic and operational support for Cameron’s logistics, export and import activities.
Prior to joining Cameron, Mr. Chapman served as the Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel of Parker Drilling Company, where he was hired to lead the company’s efforts to investigate, remediate and settle certain FCPA, UKBA and economic sanctions violations. In addition, Mr. Chapman held a variety of international trade, compliance and generalist legal counsel roles with Baker Hughes Incorporated and began his career as a securities and merger and acquisitions lawyer with the law firms of Freshfields (London) and King & Spalding (Atlanta and Houston).
Mr. Chapman has served as vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on International Anti-Corruption and also as vice-chair of its Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions. He has been recognized as a popular presenter on anti-bribery compliance, economic sanctions and export controls at various national and international conferences, and he has published numerous articles on the subject of international trade compliance. He is the co-author of the Economic Sanctions chapter of the “Handbook of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions” (ABA Publications, 2013). In addition, Ethisphere magazine named Mr. Chapman as one of the top 25 Ethics and Compliance Officers in the USA. Mr. Chapman holds degrees from Emory University, the London School of Economics and the University of Kentucky. He also studied at Oxford University and the Economics University of Vienna.