Randall H. Cook
Senior Managing Director

Former Prosecutor, In-House Counsel, & Army Officer

Randall Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 19 years of experience conducting complex investigations and audits; leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational and compliance challenges; and designing and delivering high-performance, persistent, integrated risk mitigation solutions.

  • Experience

    Prior to joining Ankura, Randall was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 defense 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.

    Randall 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.

    Professional Experience

    • As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official, he 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. Randall reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent (from $30 million to less than $2 million per annum) over a two-year period. In addition, he designed and implemented data-driven, process-based, automated compliance solutions, and advised on and led the mitigation of complex operational and regulatory risks.
    • As an Assistant US Attorney, he 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, he focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; intellectual property; trade controls; Exon-Florio; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; election law; and white-collar defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
    • As a federal judicial clerk, he provided counsel and assisted in deciding and drafting opinions for a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
    • As a Major for the US Army and the Army Reserve, he 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 deployments and domestic disaster contingencies.

    Randall earned a JD and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law. He also received an MA in international relations from Duke University and a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He was an honor graduate of the US Army Inspector General School, and he has completed numerous Army and defense service schools.

    Randall currently teaches strategy, operational design, and organizational change at the US Army Officer Command and General Staff College. He has lectured and appeared on numerous panels at universities, industry events, and corporate seminars on the topics of compliance, strategy, and policy.

  • Honors & awards

    United Technologies Corporation Performance Impact Award

  • Insights & innovation
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  • In the community

    United States Army Reserve