Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive and currently blogs and consults on FCPA and anti-bribery compliance issues from that perspective. Mr. Bistrong 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, Mr. Bistrong assisted the United States and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA violations occurred and operated in international sales. Mr. Bistrong's cooperation, including covert cooperation, and as a cooperating witness, which covered five years, was one of the longest in US white-collar criminal investigations. In 2012, Mr. Bistrong was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp.
Richard now blogs at www.richardbistrong.com about current FCPA and anti-bribery compliance issues, drawing from his own perspective to discuss trends and compliance challenges, especially as they might impact overseas business executives and groups. Richard consults with organizations via his consulting practice, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, where he looks at organizational messages, including “unspoken messages,” as well as individual ethics as potential red flags of corruption. He asks the question: Are individual and corporate ethics, strategy, compensation and behavior all aligning with the programs of anti-bribery compliance?
While you might have a robust compliance department and program, is it understood at the frontlines of business where rules, policies and procedures meet the behaviors? Richard’s experience and journey is there to help you calibrate those programs to such realities. Richard also delivers a very powerful and emotional message that bribery is a real world crime with real world consequences to those in the field.
Mr. Bistrong has a BA from the University of Rochester and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, including studies at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Mr. Bistrong resides in the New York Metropolitan area with his wife and has two children. Richard can be reached via his blog, LinkedIn, or at Richardtbistrong@gmail.com. He frequently tweets about #compliance and #fcpa topics at @richardbistrong. ￼￼￼￼