In Part 2 of Richard Bistrong’s interview with Kristy Grant-Hart, CEO, Spark Compliance Consulting, they continue to address her latest book, “How to Have a Wildly Successful Career in Compliance.” In this Q&A, we exchange perspectives on issues including cross-functional collaboration, HR turf wars (how to avoid them and build positive networks), the upside of partnering with internal audit and the value of compliance committees. All wonderful topics for those in compliance looking to advance their careers, focusing on the importance of partnering with peers as part of personal career development. Part 1 of the interview can be seen here.
Richard Bistrong is CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, Former FCPA Violator and FBI/U.K. Cooperator. Richard spent much of his career as an international sales executive and currently consults and speaks on foreign bribery, ethics and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard 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 U.K. In 2007, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the U.K., Richard assisted the United States, U.K. 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 as part of his own plea agreement for violating the FCPA, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a federal prison camp, returning home in December 2013.
Richard now consults, writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery and compliance issues. In 2018, Richard was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 50 social influencers in risk and compliance. In 2017, he was named by Compliance Week as a Top Mind in the field of Governance, Risk and Compliance, and in 2016, he was named one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics. Richard is a Contributing Editor of the FCPA Blog and his chapter “The Anatomy of a Bribe” appears in the 2016 edition of the Trace International’s How to Pay a Bribe. Richard presents to diverse groups such as the World Bank, the International Anti-Corruption Academy and international law enforcement agencies, as well as to multinationals and at conferences on a global basis.