Vienna Centennial Lecture: Good Corporate Practice and Investigating Misdeeds

| February 11, 2015
Webster Vienna - Centennial lecture

Former U.S. federal judge and current global judicial consultant Eugene Sullivan spoke of investigating corporate misdeeds during a Centennial talk at Webster Vienna.

The Webster Vienna campus welcomed Hon. Eugene Sullivan, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, for a Centennial Lecture, “Investigating Alleged Misdeeds: Good Corporate Practice” on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Sullivan’s visit was part of the series of events celebrating Webster University’s Centennial anniversary at campuses around the globe.

Sullivan enthralled the audience with case studies of alleged embezzlement and bribery by multi-billion dollar firms.

His remarks were based on case studies he encountered in his current position as partner in the global judicial law enforcement consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS). The firm, founded by former FBI director LouisĀ  Freeh, conducts independent investigations in a variety of companies.

Sullivan shared a mantra he believes companies should follow when facing accusations of misdeeds: “1. Evaluate the Risk, 2. Find the Truth, and 3.Take Action.”

Sullivan noted that external organizations must be engaged in order to investigate, as internal investigations lack credibility and are ineffective at finding the truth. If accusations are found to be true, the firm must act immediately by taking responsibility and holding those involved accountable.

As a retired federal judge in Washington D.C. with over 16 years of appellate experience, Sullivan had plenty of stories to share with the Vienna audience. Installed as a federal judge in 1986, he was named chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1990. He previously served in the National Reconnaissance Office, on the Nixon defense team, as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice, and in the Pentagon as the General Counsel and the Chief Ethics Officer of the U.S. Air Force.

After his talk, Sullivan answered students’ questions at a reception made possible by SLAV AG. Two of Sullivan’s investigative colleagues were also there to meet with students.

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