Lawrence R.Ricciardi (Larry)

Senior Advisor

Larry Ricciardi retired as senior vice president and advisor to the chairman of International Business Machines Corporation in 2002. Prior to serving in that role, he was senior vice president and general counsel of IBM, responsible for all of the company's legal affairs. In addition, Larry oversaw IBM's worldwide government programs, public policy issues such as privacy and other consumer-oriented matters, the intellectual property and licensing function, and the security organizations. From June 1997 through May 1998, he also served as chief financial officer responsible for all financial, treasury, business development, real estate activities, and the IBM Credit Corporation.

Before joining IBM in 1995, Larry was president of RJR Nabisco Holdings Corporation. He joined RJR Nabisco in 1989 as executive vice president and general counsel. After serving briefly as co-chairman and chief executive officer, he was named president in May 1993.

Prior to 1989, Larry was executive vice president and general counsel of American Express Travel Related Services Company. He joined American Express in 1973 as international counsel and served in a variety of legal and executive positions during his 16-year career with the company.

Before joining American Express, he served as counsel for two U.S. government agencies, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. State Department's Agency for International Development. He began his law career in 1966 with a New York law firm.

Larry is president of the board of trustees of The Morgan Library & Museum and is a trustee of the National Humanities Center. He is also a senior advisor to IBM Corporation, to Jones Day, and to Lazard Frères & Co. He was formerly a director of Citigroup and Citibank N.A., the lead director of The Reader's Digest Association, a director of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell plc and of RJR Nabisco, and a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He chaired the Audit Committees at Citi, RDS, RDA, and Mellon.

Speaking Engagements

  • February 27, 2009The Obama Presidency: The Impact of Changing U.S. Policies on Asian Business and The Global Economy
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