Richard Mintz is the Managing Director of The Harbour Group, a Washington-based public affairs and communications consultancy.
Richard assists sovereign governments and companies in managing issues and developing communications campaigns to win the support of opinion leaders and policymakers in the United States and in other countries.
He has advised the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the last seven years, helping to create and execute a comprehensive US public diplomacy program that has appropriately positioned the UAE as a strong security and important trading partner.
From the start of the revolution, Richard advised the Libyan Transitional National Council in building and managing an international communications program to encourage and sustain support for the coalition fighting to remove Muammar Al Qaddafi.
At the firm, Richard also counsels foreign companies investing in the United States in managing political and regulatory risk around large acquisitions of US assets. In this work, he has been involved in some of the most significant and high-profile deals involving companies from China, Russia, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently he worked with Shuanghui International in its acquisition of Smithfield Foods, the largest ever Chinese corporate acquisition of a US company.
Previously for nine years, Richard was a senior executive at Burson-Marsteller where he served on the firm’s executive board and as chairman of its global public affairs practice. Richard managed many challenging projects including the SARS recovery program for Hong Kong; issues management and crisis communications programs for the cruise line, airline, and hotel industries; and the worldwide introduction of the redesigned U.S. currency for the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
During the Clinton Administration, Richard served as the Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation. In that capacity, he managed communications for the 100,000 person department including major initiatives on international aviation rights, auto, rail and maritime air safety, and infrastructure development as well as directing the agency’s response to a range of transportation accidents and natural disasters including the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Earlier, Richard was staff director for Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign, served as a congressional press secretary and worked as an associate producer for CBS News.