Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive and currently consults, blogs and speaks on FCPA, compliance and anti-bribery issues from that perspective. Richard was the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which included residing and working in the UK. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President (and founding family member) for one of the largest global manufacturers of bullet resistant armor for the police and military markets. In 2007, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the UK, Richard assisted the United States and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales. Richard’s cooperation, including covert cooperation, and as a government witness, which spanned five years, was one of the longest in US white-collar criminal investigations. 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 now consults, blogs and speaks about current anti-bribery compliance issues, drawing from his own perspective and experience to discuss trends and compliance challenges, especially as they might impact front line international business groups and personnel. He focuses on issues which impact the behavior of those in the field of international commerce, interaction with third parties, third party circumvention of on-boarding, and the role of business strategy as well as incentives in compliance, ethics and anti-bribery efforts. Richard also speaks about the issue of deterrence from a personal and professional perspective, including the impact of incarceration.
Richard's perspective derives from his experience as a former international corporate executive, where he consults, writes and speaks about his feelings, rationalizations, and temptations that front line international business personnel face, and which are not often discussed or even acknowledged by corporate executives. Richard does not speak or blog from a legal or regulatory perspective and does not offer advice or counsel from that context. Instead, he shares his own extensive and unique experience where that viewpoint might bring value to other individuals, organizations and institutions in their own compliance and anti-bribery initiatives.
Richard's consulting practice is through Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC which looks to engage with organizations that seek to enhance their compliance efforts beyond the traditional “bolt-on” set of rules and procedures. As a complement to existing legal, audit and regulatory compliance, Richard seek's to assist in the identification of both “spoken and unspoken” organizational messages, including forecasts and compensation, that might perhaps cause confusion at the field level with “what does management really want.” Richard looks at ethical behaviors and messaging as potential red-flags of decision making. Richard assists in order to identify aspects of training, which if enhanced, might better provide those at the field level with a deeper understanding of why bribery is never a “win-win,” which is an illusion too often embraced at the front-lines of international business.
Richard resides in the New York Metropolitan area with his wife and has two children. He is a disciplined runner, having completed over thirteen marathons since 1998.
Corporate Compliance Insights: Contributing Author
Ethic-Intelligence: Contributor to Experts Corner
Richard's blog posts are also frequently referenced in the Wall Street Journal, Risk and Compliance Journal, Corruption Currents
MA, University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, 1987
BA, University of Rochester, High Honors, Cum Laude, Political Science, 1984
Institute for European Studies, Vienna Austria, 1983
Professional Associations & Memberships
Member: Secretary General, OECD, High-Level Advisory Group on Integrity and Anti-Corruption
Contributing Author: Experts Corner Ethic-Intelligence
Contributing Author: Corporate Compliance Insights
Contributing Guest Author: Ethical Boardroom
Contributing Guest Author: The Journal of Business Compliance
Frequent Keynote Speaker and Panelist at Anti-Corruption Forums and Symposiums
Guest Lecturer at Law, Accounting and Business Classes
Member: Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
Member: New York Road Runner Club