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Richard J. Schroth

Executive Insights, Ltd.

Kogod School of Business

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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 and business strategy in the world. Honored as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the World by Consulting Magazine, he is also a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Information Sciences, an Executive in Residence at American University and an Executive Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. 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. As CEO of Executive Insights, his consulting practice, Richard has served as the Senior Advisor to the World Bank and as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and their highly prestigious 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 you 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, 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 the 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. As an example, Dr. Schroth was an Advisor on the first Board of Advisors to the Beckman Institute National Supercomputer Center when it was first opened at the University of Illinois. 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. Since 2007, Dr. Schroth has maintained the position of 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 a visiting fellow at the Wharton Business School for 5 years, and as an extended Faculty member of the Duke University Corporate Education organization.

He received his Doctorate from Indiana University, a MS from the University of Illinois, did post-bachelors work at Texas A&M and holds a BS from Western Illinois University. Dr. Schroth has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of each of these institutions.