Former FBI Chief Louis Freeh Sells his Services to Corporate Elite

By Laurie Bennett

May 26, 2008

What’s Louis Freeh been up to since leaving the FBI and writing about his already-public feud with Bill Clinton in a best-selling memoir? He’s been networking in corporate, government and political circles, making money all the while.

Freeh is a director of Fannie Mae and Bristol Myers, positions that pay a combined $335,000 annually. He’s also an adviser to duPont. Last year President Bush appointed him to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Until Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the presidential race, Freeh was his senior homeland security adviser and head of campaign operations in Delaware, his home state. More recently, he has contributed to the McCain campaign.

Freeh’s primary focus, though, is Freeh Group International, a consulting firm that keeps a low profile and doesn’t publicize its client list. The Freeh Group isn’t registered as a lobbyist or as a government contractor. Its services, such as homeland and global security and “strategic management of complex and sensitive queries,” are aimed at corporations operating in the global marketplace.

The management team also includes William Esposito, former deputy director of the FBI; Stanley Sporkin, former enforcement director of the Securities and Exchange commission and general counsel to the CIA; and former federal judge Eugene Sullivan.

The firm’s British operations are headed by former High Court Judge Stephen Mitchell. Liliana Ferraro, former Italian National Supreme Court justice, manages the business in Italy.

The company emphasizes its expertise in fighting organized crime. As noted on its web site, Ferraro presided over several high-profile Mafia trials. Esposito’s primary expertise is in white-collar and organized crime.

As an assistant U.S. attorney, Freeh headed the New York office’s organized-crime unit. Indeed, he gave top billing to the mob when he titled his 2005 memoir, My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror.

Readers who had expected new insights into the global battle against terrorism were disappointed. Bryan Burrough, reviewing the book for The New York Times, called it “My FBI for Dummies.”

Freeh was this year’s commencement speaker at Hillsdale College, where his brother John is an English professor.

“Your integrity and your honor are what’s most important at the end of the day,” he told the graduates. “… Don’t be afraid to take action and don’t be afraid to put yourself at risk.”

Louis Freeh

AKA Louis Joseph Freeh

Gender: Male

Religion: Roman Catholic

Race or Ethnicity: White

Sexual orientation: Straight

Occupation: Government

Party Affiliation: Republican

Executive summary: FBI Director, 1993-2001

Father: William Freeh, Sr.

Mother: Bernice Chinchiola

Brother: William Jr.

Wife: Marilyn A. Coyle (six sons)

Son: Justin

Son: Brendan

Son: Sean

Son: Conner

High School: St. Joseph of the Palisades High School, West New York, NJ (1967)

University: BA History, Rutgers University (1971)

Law School: JD, Rutgers University School of Law (1974)

Law School: LLM, New York University School of Law (1984)

FBI Director (1993-2001)

FBI employee Washington, DC (1980-81)

FBI employee New York City (1975-80)

MBNA Vice Chairman, MBNA America (2001-06)

MBNA General Counsel

Member of the Board of Bristol-Myers Squibb (2005-)

Homeland Security Advisory Council

America's Foundation

Biden for President

Bush-Cheney '04

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Distinguished Advisor

John Carroll Society Honorary Member

John McCain 2008

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Board of Directors

National Italian American Foundation General Counsel

National Republican Congressional Committee

Opus Dei

Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Italian Ancestry