Richard has over 45 years business experience in Finance, Operations, Marketing and General Management within both technology and consumer industries. He has been CEO of a Fortune 100 company, Chief Marketing Officer of two others, led several start-ups, consultant to about one third of the Fortune 500, Board Member and past investor in startups. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sacred Heart University, and Mentors at Yale and Cambridge Universities. He is an expert in Networks, both virtual and actual. He has been Chairman of several Networks, including IERG and others. He has consulted to Vistage, and several other online groups. He has been named in several books and articles.
He has a Bachelors’ degree in Math, Physics, Chemistry and Fluid Mechanics from the University of Cambridge, and also a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge.
Joined Procter & Gamble, (following a period as a Chemical Engineer at ICI Plc, and studying a number of process industries), in Consumer Marketing, before moving to Mars, Inc., in the UK, and several other countries. He worked in multiple countries. He then went into Strategy consulting at Marketing Corporation of America, where he worked largely for F500 companies in Agri-business, CPG, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Process Industries, High Tech, and Telecommunications. He re-entered corporate life as CMO of US West and its cable business, where he named and launched the first “Broadband” product offering. He has been the SVP Marketing and Business Development of Remedy/BMC enterprise software, and President of Reliant Energy, a Fortune 100 company. Richard has also been involved in over 2,000 startups since 1992. His roles have included founder, CEO, investor, Board member (over a dozen positions) and Mentor. He has lived in ten countries on four continents and worked in many more via global responsibilities in his day to day life.