Randall Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group, located in the Parsippany and New York offices. He has more than 18 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.
Prior to Ankura, Mr. Cook 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 United States Department of State.
Mr. Cook 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 in multiple industries confronting complex regulatory issues.
Mr. Cook also has 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 Combined Arms and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field grade officers.
Mr. Cook’s professional experience includes:
- Senior Counsel and Empowered Official – He built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100% success in resolution without enforcement action. Mr. Cook reduced Outside Counsel fees by over 90% (from $30 million to less than $2 million/annum) over a two-year period. He also designed and implemented data-driven, process-based, automated compliance solutions and advised on and led mitigation of complex operational and regulatory risks.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney – He was 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. Mr. Cook tried 5 cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions. He also interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
- Law Firm Attorney – Mr. Cook’s practice was focused on government/congressional/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.
- Federal Judicial Clerk – He provided counsel and assisted in deciding and drafting opinions for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
- Major, United States Army and Army Reserve – As an inspector general, Mr. Cook conducted federal whistle blower 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.
Mr. Cook earned a Juris Doctorate and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law. He also received a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Duke University and a Bachelors of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mr. Cook was an Honor Graduate of the United States Army Inspector General School and he has completed numerous Army and Defense service schools. He currently teaches strategy, operational design, and organizational change at the United States Army’s Reserve Officer Command and General Staff College. Mr. Cook has lectured and appeared on numerous panels at universities, industry events, and corporate seminars on the topics of compliance, strategy, and policy.