Richard is the Chairman of the Board of Cinturion, brings 20 plus years of broad executive leadership experience in the private and public sectors as CEO of an international consulting firm. He serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Understanding Change, a non-profit research center focused on understanding the impact of global changes and risk to critical infrastructure by leveraging the massive intellectual and financial investment in deep data models and advanced decision-making theory by integrating them into an integrated analytical tool.

As the CEO of X-SES Consultants LLC, he promotes comprehensive and sustainable corporate Information Technology governance programs that create effective software assurance, supply chain risk management, standards compliance, and procurement strategies.

Previously the CEO of Secure Exchange Technology Innovations, he focused on implementing international communications standards for emergency management alerting systems.

His broad experience in formulating information and cyber security strategies for the Department of Defense, drafting cyber legislation, and influencing national cyber policy initiatives for 20 plus years lends credence to being a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader on cyber security and information related policy, legal, and technical issues.

He was the legal and strategic architect of the Nation’s first Live Information Warfare Exercise (ER97) and a Contributor to the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative.

He has served as a keynote speaker on cyber security related executive leadership issues at major conferences in Germany, England, India, Moldova, China, Thailand, Switzerland and the United States.

He is a frequent Cyber commentator on CNN, BBC, Politico; FedScoop; New York Times & Scientific America. He currently serves as a Strategic Advisor to the following corporations: Pattern Computer; Hatha Systems; GidGrid; Secure Cloud Systems; SignaCert; Consulsys; Auroras; INVNT/IP; and the National Maritime Law Institute.

He previously served as Special Advisor to the government of Moldova on implementing their E- Gov. program and developing their national cyber security policy; Director of Global Cyber Security Management at the Department of Homeland Security; Legislative Affairs Officer at the National Security Agency, Deputy Director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Commerce; and Associate General Counsel, Information Assurance, National Security Agency.

A graduate of The Citadel, Richard has an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University School of Law; has represented the United States before Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.