GWFS is proud to announce that Major General James Lariviere has joined GardaWorld Federal Services as the Senior Vice President of DoD Operations.
Jim Lariviere is the Senior Vice President for Department of Defense Operations for GardaWorld Federal Services. He is responsible for maintaining and promoting excellence in mission operations.
Jim Lariviere has over 20 years of senior civilian and military experience in national security affairs. As a Major General in the Marine Corps Reserve his active and Reserve service as a combat arms officer includes command at every level from reconnaissance platoon through Marine division, serving in over 30 countries and participating in contingency operations in Lebanon and Afghanistan. His last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), J5 Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff. In civilian life Jim has over a decade and a half of experience on Capitol Hill. He served as military legislative assistant to the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and later as a professional staff member on the Defense Policy Staff of the House Armed Services Committee. Finally, he served as the Staff Director and Minority Staff Director of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with responsibility for legislative and policy oversight for all aspects of the second largest department in the Federal Government. In the private sector, Jim was Vice President (Government Relations) for Health Net Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. He previously worked as a senior public policy advisor/consultant assisting companies develop legislative and marketing strategies in the defense, homeland security and veteran’s affairs sectors.
Jim holds a B.A. in History from The Citadel, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Air War College. He is the former President of the International Stability Operations Association.
U.S. Ambassador Frances D. Cook (ret.) is the Senior Advisor/Strategic Development at GardaWorld Federal Services. She is a globalist, with senior-level government and corporate experience specializing in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
She comes from a 32-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. In addition to serving as U.S. Ambassador to Oman, Burundi, and Cameroon and as U.S. Consul General in Alexandria, Egypt, she was twice tapped as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Ambassador Cook was the first female Chief of Mission in the Persian Gulf - from any nation in the world, and the first female head of post in the Middle East for the United States. During her tenure as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, Cook was Chair of the Executive Branch’s Inter-Agency Gulf Security Working Group, which vetted and approved US arms sales to the Arab Gulf, oversaw US global security assistance and peacekeeping/humanitarian deployments, and led Executive Branch teams to negotiate military accords abroad for the United States. In 1999, Cook transitioned from her government career to the private sector, which has included service on the boards of major-listed corporations in the United States and United Kingdom, as well as chairing privately-held companies in Europe, Africa and the Arab Gulf.
In Washington, Cook has served on the boards of the Middle East Policy Council, the US-Angola Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Council on Africa, and is a member of the US-UAE Business Council. She is Co-Chair Emeritus, for Washington, D.C., of Women Corporate Directors, as well as Co-Chair Emeritus of that organization’s Middle East and Africa chapters. Cook is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses (a defense think-tank), and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the Atlantic Council, and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently serves on the board of five NGO boards/foundations which work to promote diplomacy, humanitarian aid, education, and culture.
Cook graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard University. She also attended university at Aix-en-Provence, in France. She divides her time between Washington, D.C., Florida, and Provence. She speaks French and has studied both Arabic and Swahili.