RICHARD FURSLAND CBE
CEO, BritishAmerican Business and the British-American Business Council
Richard Fursland was actively involved in the establishment of BritishAmerican Business (BAB) in 2000, and has led the organization throughout its first decade. Over this period, BAB has established itself as the leading transatlantic business organization, with a growing membership of more 600 member companies that includes many of the world’s largest multinationals, and supported by an Advisory Board that includes more than 100 leading global CEOs. Over the same period, also as its first Chief Executive, Richard has led the development of the British-American Business Council (BABC) into the largest transatlantic business network, connecting 23 chapters and 2,500 member companies throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Richard had two previous substantial careers: in marketing communications, latterly as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for International Business at Grey Advertising/GCI Group in New York; and in the British Diplomatic Service, including postings in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York and London.
He is Chairman of the European-American Business Council, and a Board Member of FedCap, the European-American Business Council, St Georges Society and American Friends of Cecily's Fund; and was honored by HRH Queen Elizabeth for his services to UK/US business with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2005 and a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2012. He has a first-class honors Degree from Cambridge University, and held a Henry Fellowship at Harvard University.
He has been living and working in New York since 1981, and is married with one daughter.