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.”
AKA Louis Joseph Freeh
Birthplace: Jersey City, NJ
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
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)
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
Biden for President
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
Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
Phi Beta Kappa Society