John Negroponte, who was the first Director of National Intelligence, has joined the McLarty Associates consultancy headed by Bill Clinton’s former chief-of-staff, Thomas McLarty.
Specializing in strategic and geopolitical consultancy for multi-nationals and big equity funds, McLarty Associates is particularly active in Latin America where John Negroponte was U.S. ambassador on two occasions (Mexico and Honduras) before becoming boss of American intelligence. Employing a staff of 30 consultants, the Washington-based company studiously keeps the names of its clients secret (they are mainly multinationals, including France’s nuclear energy group Areva, and financial institutions). The firm has worked hand in glove since 2003 with the law concern Covington & Burling; two of whose alumnae are the new attorney general Eric Holder and the newly-appointed assistant attorney general for criminal division, Lanny Breuer, who was Bill Clinton’s lawyer at the White House. Associated with McLarty until last year in the firm Kissinger McLarty Associates (IOL 565), former secretary of state Henry Kissinger has remained a member of the advisory board of the firm re-named McLarty Associates. Ties between Kissinger and Negroponte date back to the 1970s when the two worked together at the state department during the Vietnam war.