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Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty

Chair, McLarty Associates

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Mack McLarty co-founded McLarty Associates in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. 


As President Clinton’s White House Chief of Staff, Mack helped enact the historic 1993 deficit reduction package, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Family and Medical Leave law, and the landmark welfare reform legislation that enabled more than 6.8 million people to move from welfare to work. He also organized the successful 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami, which ultimately led to his appointment as Special Envoy for the Americas in 1997. As Counselor to President Clinton, Mack advised on a broad range of international and domestic issues. He traveled to the Persian Gulf on the president’s behalf to build financial support for the Bosnian peace process, led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and signed the peace accords that brought peace to Guatemala for the first time in three decades. Mack planned U.S. participation in the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Santiago and participated in several G-7 and APEC Summits. 

Prior to his government service, Mack was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. During his tenure Arkla grew into the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, with customers in 11 states and significant exploration and pipeline operations. Mack was appointed by President Bush to the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Environmental Quality, and he was a member of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 through 1992. 

Mack is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal; the highest civilian honors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela; and the Center for the Study of the Presidency Distinguished Service Award.

  • University of Arkansas
  • Union Pacific
  • Acxiom Corporation
  • Bush Clinton Katrina Fund
  • Council of the Americas
  • InterAmerican Dialogue
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Council on Foreign Relations

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