Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational and compliance challenges; conducting complex investigations and audits; and designing and delivering high-performance, persistent risk mitigation solutions. Randy assists organizations to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including the Committee on Foreign Investments in the US (CFIUS) and US trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.
Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 aerospace technology companies, where he built and led global investigations and compliance programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the US Department of State.
Randy was also an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives. In addition to this, as an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.
He served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Inspector General. He is currently assigned as an instructor in the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field-grade officers.
Randy’s professional experience includes:
- Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: A large public utility needed assistance demonstrating fiscal credibility with the public, creditors, and federal agencies following a catastrophic hurricane. Randy led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office to ensure accountable, efficient procurement in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for compliance with federal and local regulations (including the Stafford Act), conducted a risk-based compliance program assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and rigorous reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
- Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: A fortune 500 international manufacturer received an external audit finding that the company’s compliance controls were unsatisfactory. Randy led a team of Ankura professionals to design a risk-tailored compliance program that integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements. The compliance program and project plan enabled the company to timely respond to the audit finding and build a sustainable, enhanced compliance program.
- Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Design and Implementation: A fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company needed to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the US Department of State. Randy led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program elements that integrated data analytics, functional root cause analysis, and accountable execution of corrective actions. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
- As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 aerospace technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period. In addition, he designed and implemented data-driven, process-based, automated compliance solutions.
- As an Assistant US Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
- As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; election law; and white-collar defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
- As a Lieutenant Colonel for the US Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an inspector general, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and designed and executed organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Executive Officer, Task Force Operations Officer, and Company Commander, he provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.