Richard Burt

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Richard Burt is a US Trustee of Atlantic Partnership.

Richard Burt serves as chairman of Diligence, LLC, a commercial information and security services firm based in Washington, London and Miami. He also serves as International Director of the Washington-based government affairs firm, Barbour, Griffith and Rogers and as an advisor to the Carlyle Group, a private equity investment firm. Member of the Aspen Institute / Middle East Strategy Group.

In addition to his position at Diligence, Mr. Burt serves as Chairman of the Board of Weirton Steel (NYSE), the largest tin-plate manufacturer in the U.S. He serves on the Board of Hollinger International, a company owning newspapers in Europe and the United States; and HCL Technologies, an India-based information technology company. He is also a director of the Brinson Advisors family of funds and the Deutsche Bank-AlexBrown fund family. In addition, he is a member of the Textron Corporation's International Advisory Council.

Prior to the formation of Diligence LLC,[1] Mr. Burt was a partner with McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm.

Mr. Burt came to McKinsey after successfully concluding his appointment as the U.S. Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) with the Former Soviet Union. In 1991, an agreement reducing both U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals by 50% was concluded.

Prior to this, Mr. Burt was U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1985 to 1989. Before Mr. Burt served in Germany, he worked at the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, 1983 to 1985. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Burt was the Director of Politico-Military Affairs in the Department of State.

From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Burt worked in Washington as the national security correspondent for The New York Times. From 1973 to 1977, he worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, first as a research associate and then as Assistant Director.

Mr. Burt also serves as a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also chairman of the American Committee of the IISS, Vice Chairman of the American Council on Germany, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



  • Board, LetterOne, accessed September 27, 2015.