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James R. Bucknam   [Download VCard]
Chief Executive Officer

Since 2010, Jim Bucknam has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (“FGIS”). Prior to joining FGIS, Jim worked as an executive at a global consulting firm for more than thirteen years.

During his nineteen-year consulting career, Jim has been responsible for managing large-scale client assignments, including monitorships, internal investigations, due diligence engagements, and security reviews. Examples of those assignments include:

  • Conducted a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation on behalf of a multinational oil and gas company relating to drilling rights in Nigeria.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an American professional sports team relating to allegations of possible criminal conduct.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of FIFA related to allegations of corruption in the 2011 FIFA presidential election.
  • Advised a standardized testing company on reforms needed to prevent and detect falsification of the identities of college board test-takers.
  • Assisted FGIS Chairman Louis J. Freeh in his roles as (i) the Court-Appointed Special Master for the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center and (ii) the Compliance Program Auditor for a global logistics company.
  • Appointed as the Independent Safety Expert by a global retail leader, with the consent of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, related to safety concerns at its New York State retail stores during high-volume seasonal sales events.
  • Appointed as the Independent Safety and Security Examiner by a social networking website, with the consent of the New York State Attorney General, related to the timeliness of the company’s response to complaints related to inappropriate contacts, especially those directed toward minors.

From 1993 to 1996, Jim served as the Senior Advisor to then FBI Director Freeh, advising him on numerous domestic and foreign law enforcement matters. During that time, Jim helped Director Freeh to expand the FBI’s overseas law enforcement presence, which resulted in a substantial increase to the FBI’s Legal Attache Program. In 1994, Jim received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for coordinating multi-agency efforts in support of the Attorney General’s Anti-Violent Crime Initiative.

From 1987 to 1993, Jim served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he gained broad experience in federal criminal investigations, trials, and appeals. For more than two of those years, Jim served as the Supervisor of the Narcotics Unit.

Jim is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary.