February 22, 2012
Washington, DC—SNR Denton announced today that former US Ambassador Robert S. Gelbard has joined the firm as a senior advisor in the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice. He will be resident in the Washington, DC office.
"With the ever growing importance of government in both regulating and driving commerce, Bob’s seasoned background in business and diplomacy throughout the world will prove an invaluable resource to our clients and colleagues worldwide," said Mike McNamara, SNR Denton’s US Managing Partner.
During his career in the United States Foreign Service, Ambassador Gelbard held numerous senior foreign policy positions, including the President’s Special Representative for the Balkans, Ambassador to Indonesia and Bolivia, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South American Affairs, Director for Southern African Affairs and Deputy Director for Western European Affairs. Gelbard also served as the US Government representative to the Paris Club and as President George H.W. Bush’s personal representative for the 1992 San Antonio Summit. Other Foreign Service assignments besides Washington included Paris, Manila and Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gelbard also was a staff member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Gelbard was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia.
Gelbard received the Presidential Meritorious Award, the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the United States Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award and numerous other commendations. He was awarded the Condor of the Andes, Order of the Grand Cross (Bolivia’s highest decoration for a foreign citizen), and the Medalha do Gaucho, by the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
"SNR Denton brings a world-class sector focus to serving clients globally," said Gelbard. "My longstanding relationship with a number of the Firm’s partners and engagement on projects throughout Asia and the Middle East will facilitate our work together."
Gelbard is a member of the Boards of Directors of Raydiance, Data Technologies & Analytics, and P.T. Toba Bara (Indonesia), and the Boards of Advisors of PAE, Good Technology and Atlas International Investments. Gelbard previously served on the Board of Directors of L-1 Identity Solutions (until its sale in July, 2011), Viisage and Imaging Automation. He is also an advisor to the Board of Kreab Gavin Anderson (London/Stockholm), and S/A Comunicacao (Sao Paulo). His non-profit activities include the Board of Trustees of Colby College, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council, the Boards of Directors of Phelps Stokes and the US-Serbia Business Council, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the International Institute for Security and Cooperation (Bulgaria) and the Board of Advisors of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and previously was on the Board of Directors of Project Medishare. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Gelbard is a graduate of Colby College and has a Masters degree from Harvard University. He holds honorary LL.D. degrees from Villanova University Law School and from Colby College for his work on peacekeeping and international democracy-building.
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