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Howard Sklar & Thomas Fox

Howard Sklar is a compliance professional with over 15 years experience as a prosecutor, regulator, and in-house counsel.  Howard is the author of Open Air Blog, and co-host of the weekly video podcast This Week in FCPA.

Howard is Senior Counsel at Recommind, a leading provider of eDiscovery software, with the industry's only Predictive Coding (TM) functionality.

Prior to Recommind, Howard ran anti-corruption compliance for one of the largest technology companies in the world, #10 on the Forbes list of the largest US companies, Hewlett-Packard Co. Howard was responsible for HP's FCPA compliance, and compliance with all other anti-corruption laws around the world. Howard also helped various business units with their compliance with US sanctions as counsel for the Global Trade organization.

Prior to HP, Howard was Vice President-Compliance for American Express Co. Howard ran compliance-acting as a functional chief compliance officer-for the largest travel management company in the world, comprising 25,000 employees in over 40 countries. Howard was responsible for the entire program including policies, training, metrics, and operationalizing the standards he helped develop. Included in these divisions was a money-services business, giving Howard extensive AML experience as well.

Howard also served as American Express' first-ever Global Anti-Corruption Leader. Howard designed and implemented Amex's FCPA compliance program virtually from the ground up.

Howard has extensive regulatory experience: he spent six years at the SEC, investigating and prosecuting ponzi schemes, accounting fraud, insider trading, and every other type of case the SEC handles. Over six years, Howard litigated numerous cases in federal court and in administrative hearings, handling every aspect of litigation from complaint drafting to discovery to motions to trial.

Howard spent 6 years investigating white-collar crime in one of the toughest counties in the US: Bronx County, New York. While in the DA's Office, he developed a sub-specialty in computer crime.

Howard is also a sought-after international speaker and lecturer. He has trained in-house corporate departments, law enforcement, and has spoken at numerous conferences on general compliance topics as well as on FCPA compliance.

Thomas Fox has practiced law in Houston for 25 years. He is now an Independent Consultant, assisting companies with FCPA and International Transaction issues. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and service company. In this role, he oversaw the delivery of legal services for Drilling Controls and its corporate parent, Aibel Group Ltd., on a worldwide basis, with current emphasis on FCPA compliance, export and commercial operations.


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