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 a role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and worked 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 plea agreement, 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.
In 2012, Richard was sentenced and served fourteen-and-a-half months of a Federal sentence at a Federal Prison Camp. He was released in December of 2013.
Richard now writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Like in this podcast, Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges in international business, reflecting on his experience as a former sales executive. 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.