Richard is the founder of MagicEcho, a consultancy that facilitates retreats, strategy reviews and brainstorming sessions for boards of directors, management teams and industry groups as well as counsel on marketing strategy and planning. He leads seminars for the ANA School of Marketing on a variety of subjects, including branding, integrated marketing communications, new product development, marketing innovation and marketing planning.
Prior to founding MagicEcho, Richard worked for 22 years as the “brand guru” for General Electric. He led the development and implementation of the long running “We Bring Good Things to Life” advertising campaign. During his career, Richard provided marketing guidance to every GE business, including lighting, jet engines, plastics, NBC, appliances, financial services and medical systems. This has given him an extraordinary diversity of business and marketing experience. Additionally, he was a member of the business team that transformed the culture of GE from a sleepy bureaucracy to a lean, aggressive growth machine.
Born and educated in London, England, Richard started his career in the British advertising industry. He moved to the United States in 1973. He worked for advertising agency McCann Erickson, in London and New York, before joining GE in 1980. For the first five years of his advertising career, he focused on media strategy, subsequently shifting to account management. He worked with a broad variety of clients including Exxon, Martini & Rossi, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and Gillette.
Richard served as a board member and chairman of the ANA. He has also served on the boards of the Advertising Council, and is currently on their finance committee, and the BPA, where he continues to be a consultant to the chief executive officer. He has served on a variety of local not-for-profit boards in Connecticut, including the Norwalk Education Foundation and Shakespeare on the Sound.