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Richard J. Schroth

CEO of Executive Insights, Ltd.
Executive-in-Residence, Kogod School of Business

Dr. Richard Schroth is considered by many to be one of the most highly trusted and sought after thought leaders and advisors on corporate technology, cyber and business strategy in the world. Honored as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the World by Consulting Magazine, he is a Senior United States Fulbright Scholar in Information Sciences and for over 10 years has been the Executive-in-Residence at American University’s Kogod Business School. As current Managing Director of the Newport Board Group’s Global Technology Strategy, Innovation and Cyber Practice and the Axon Global Cyber Alliance, Richard actively leads world-class teams of cyber professionals and board level advisors who seek to minimize the serious nature of cyber risk at the board level, and in organizations, before, during and after a cyber incident. Dr. Schroth is a full board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and an authorized advisor/faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services, speaking, writing and leading strategy sessions with boards of directors around the world on cyber and related issues.

Dr. Schroth is an active member of the US Cyber Security Council, current Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Healthcare Information Sharing Analysis Center and Sr. Advisor to the Global Institute of Cybersecurity and Research at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, engaging in cutting-edge areas of global private sector cyber security including Cyber Counter Terrorism, Cyber Defense, and Cyber Counter-Intelligence. Most recently, Dr. Schroth was nominated as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recognized for his distinguished career and contributions to the US as a leading international consultant in business, technology, and Cyber-Counter Intelligence.

First and foremost, Dr. Schroth is a business executive and a person who inspires with his leadership. As CEO of Executive Insights, his consulting practice of over 30 years, Richard served as the Senior Advisor to the World Bank and Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Pfizer Pharmaceutical’s Innovation Board. Dr. Schroth’s current consulting work takes him around the globe in capacities of trusted advisor, strategy consultant and as an independent voice in support of critical corporate innovation initiatives and top strategic organizational projects. In such roles, Dr. Schroth has substantially contributed to the strategic growth of other such notable organizations as the Marriott Corporation, Shell Oil, GE Capital, Monsanto, Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, Astra Zeneca, McDonalds, Bank of America, Tyco International, Fannie Mae, AT&T and a list that keeps going of similar stature in almost any industry one can imagine. In additional to serving as a trusted third party to large global companies and top executives, he is a serial entrepreneur; currently the CEO of 3 start-up companies, an equity holder in another 8 start-ups, active board member with 2 companies and is an advisor to another 5 early stage companies.

Richard is a Renaissance person, having traveled the world for over 5 years with Peter Yarrow, the famed folk singer from Peter, Paul and Mary, as part of his global speaking platform. An independent entrepreneur, writer, university faculty member, professional speaker and global consultant, Richard has had a profound effect on the business world that few others have attained. In 2002, Dr. Schroth co-authored an Amazon “best-selling” ethics book entitled, “How Companies Lie” published by Random house. Richard has been named as one of the Top Chief Technology Officers in the country for over 10 years in a row, having served as the CTO for the Marriott Corporation, Perot Systems (Dell Professional Services) and Senior Vice President at Computer Sciences Corporation. Quietly but effectively, Dr. Schroth has introduced over 50,000 pages of web citations and articles on the web reflecting his significant contribution to business. Dr. Schroth is currently the Executive Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Business School and since 2006, has been a Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Ireland’s School of Business, Law and Public Policy. Prior to his Irish appointment, he served as The Dean’s Visiting Fellow at the Wharton Business School for 7 years, and as an extended Faculty member of the Duke University Corporate Education organization for another 5 years. In 2015, he was named a National Assocation of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

Dr. Schroth received his Doctorate from Indiana University, a MS from the University of Illinois, post-bachelors work at Texas A&M and holds a BS from Western Illinois University. Dr. Schroth has been honored as The Distinguished Alumnus of all the universities where he has graduated.