to the Board Room
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to the Board Room
WestExec Advisors is a strategic advisory firm that offers unique geopolitical expertise to help business leaders make the best decisions in a complex and volatile international landscape. We are an unrivaled, bipartisan team of senior national security leaders with the most recent experience and unmatched networks in defense, foreign policy, intelligence, economics, cybersecurity, data privacy, and strategic communications. We create significant advantages for our clients by providing unparalleled expertise on the external factors and relationships that affect businesses – from geopolitical trends and risks, to economic developments, to an evolving technological landscape, to changes in Washington and in other capitals around the world.
WHO WE ARE
WestExec Advisors is a diverse group of senior national security professionals with the most recent experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government. With deep knowledge and networks in the fields of defense, foreign policy, intelligence, cybersecurity, international economics, and strategic communications, our team has worked together around the White House Situation Room table, deliberating and deciding our nation’s foreign and national security policies. Collectively, we have unparalleled perspective to help our clients manage risk and achieve their goals.
We are committed to excellence, integrity, bipartisanship, and delivering exceptional value to our clients.
WHAT WE DO
WestExec Advisors brings the Situation Room to the Board Room.
Whether it is red teaming a business strategy or decision, using scenario development and table-top exercises to test ideas or enhance preparedness for a future contingency, or bringing the full power of our network to bear in helping clients navigate rapidly emerging challenges and opportunities, WestExec Advisors provides market-leading strategic advice to ensure our clients are positioned to make the best business decisions.
We start with our clients’ particular challenges or concerns and tailor innovative strategies and solutions to help them succeed. There is no such thing as a generic WestExec engagement. Each is designed to best serve the unique needs of individual clients. As we work with our clients over time, our ability to add value only grows.
“At a time of historic levels of turmoil and uncertainty around the world, WestExec Advisors is a smart insurance policy for our clients, giving them higher confidence in their business decisions and in their ability to anticipate and prepare for the future.”
— Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder & Managing Director
OUR OFFERINGS AND SAMPLE CASES
- Geopolitical Risk Analysis
WestExec Clients: A major financial services firm and a leading U.S. luxury goods company.
Challenges: Red team a multi-billion dollar potential acquisition in an eastern European country susceptible to outside influence and pressure from Russia; and evaluate potential investment from the Middle East, including any reputational risks
How WestExec Did It: WestExec identified vulnerabilities, risks, and unanticipated consequences, and developed methods to monitor and manage risk over the lifetime of the investment; WestExec produced comprehensive, country-specific papers; assessed key leaders, their relationships, and their agendas; established criteria to track risk over time; and highlighted lessons learned from similar strategic investments. WestExec briefed the CEO and management team on our analysis.
- Strategic Advice
WestExec Client: A preeminent American technology firm
Challenge: Advance a global cybersecurity initiative
How WestExec Did It: WestExec pressure-tested the company’s existing strategy and campaign plan, helped conceptualize and scope the creation of a non-governmental organization, identified anchor funders, and engaged a wide range of stakeholders to build coalitions of support. The WestExec team was on call to respond to any questions or requests.
- Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement
WestExec Client: A path-breaking artificial intelligence analytics firm
Challenge: Bring the firm’s innovative services to the U.S. federal market
How WestExec Did It: WestExec provided government relations analysis, advised on the design of relevant use cases, identified major stakeholders, and developed engagement strategies for the firm, resulting in key pilot programs with multiple national security agencies.
- Capital Advisory
WestExec Clients: Financial services institutions and asset managers
Challenge: Advise on risks of raising and deploying capital in key markets overseas
How WestExec Did It: WestExec offered insights on geopolitical events, regulatory matters, policy changes in the U.S. and key international markets, industry-specific and macroeconomic trends, political intelligence, and other emergent issues affecting their portfolios. Members of the WestExec team served as speakers at roundtables hosted by the firms.
- Market Entry & Expansion Support
WestExec Clients: A leading American pharmaceutical company; and a multi-billion dollar American technology company
Challenges: Develop a strategy for expanding market access in China while safeguarding against trade tensions between the U.S. and China; and develop and implement a market reentry and expansion strategy in east Asia
How WestExec Did It: In order to develop a strategy for expanding market access in China, WestExec analyzed the trajectory of the U.S.-China economic relationship and Chinese domestic and global healthcare priorities to inform a comprehensive strategy that aligned the firm’s comparative advantages with Chinese objectives. The strategy identified U.S. and Chinese stakeholders to engage. For market reentry in Asia, WestExec designed an engagement plan, facilitated outreach with key high-level stakeholders on the ground, provided analysis on cultural and political considerations, and supported a targeted communications strategy.
- Thought Leadership & Market Differentiation
WestExec Client: A CEO of a mid-cap artificial intelligence company
Challenge: Promote thought leadership and raise the profile of a technology leader
How WestExec Did It: WestExec created opportunities for in-depth discussions with other influencers and possible customers. These engagements, including small salon-style dinners, one-on-one meetings, and larger events, helped differentiate the firm and its leadership team from competitors.
- Managing China-Related Risk in an Era of Strategic Competition
WestExec Clients: (i) A major U.S. manufacturing firm (ii) U.S. research universities
Challenge:(i) Continue to provide capability to and remain a trusted partner of the USG while pursuing commercial activities in China (ii) Remain a trusted partner for DoD-sponsored research grants while expanding foreign research collaboration, accepting foreign donations, and welcoming foreign students in key STEM programs.
How WestExec Did It: (i) WestExec provided recommendations to improve the company’s strategy for reducing IP-related risk, provided independent analysis in evaluating specific business cases, advised on a communications strategy for engagements with U.S. national security officials, and offered a strategic assessment of U.S.-China relations with specific implications for the company’s business strategy. (ii) WestExec can advise on strategies to screen foreign research partners and donors, reduce risks associated with operations in China, and (for those accepting defense research grants) navigate these issues with the Department of Defense.
- International Economics and Regulatory Issues
WestExec Client: An asset management firm
Challenge: Assess the emerging contours of the U.S. process to scrutinize foreign investment in U.S. companies
How WestExec Did It: Drawing on the expertise and experience of several WestExec Principals who participated in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process while in government, we analyzed the likelihood that certain technologies would be subject to heightened scrutiny and recommended ways firms could plan for and adapt to this new landscape.
WestExec Advisors is an unparalleled group of this generation’s thought leaders and senior practitioners in national security and international affairs. We have deep current expertise, unique perspective, as well as broad and active networks in Washington and around the world.
With WestExec Advisors as your partner, you have regular access to a diverse group of senior practitioners who have been tested and proven in high stakes environments like the White House Situation Room. Harnessing this expertise and insight gives our clients higher confidence in their business decisions.
When you face an international challenge or opportunity, WestExec Advisors aims to be your “go to” partner. We do not produce generic analyses or products. Your unique challenges deserve unique analysis and solutions.
“Your brief kicked off the best discussion we have had with our board related to strategy… [It] perfectly framed the challenges we face in the not so distant future…”
— Chief Executive Officer of a WestExec client
WestExec Advisors is derived from “West Executive Avenue,” the closed street that runs between the West Wing of the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It is, quite literally, the road to the Situation Room, and it is the road everyone associated with WestExec Advisors has crossed many times en route to meetings of the highest national security consequence. For us, “WestExec” conveys our shared commitment to our country, to each other, and to our clients.