Robert Flynn, Principal of
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Robert Flynn is Principal of Strategic Accounts, providing strategic advice and counsel to corporate leaders on issues relating to competitive strategy. An accomplished public policy and marketing executive with international and domestic experience, Robert has extensive background in national security, financial services, and economic development. He has managed engagements across business, government, and not-for-profit environments.
In corporate leadership roles, Robert managed marketing operations at Travelers, where he revamped operations and decreased corporate expense. He was the founding Executive Director of the Connecticut Governor’s Insurance and Financial Services Cluster, a CEO-level corporate collaboration to build and test scenarios for the state’s future. He led business development at Mellon Bank’s asset allocation subsidiary, and interfaced with rating agencies on behalf of Aetna Financial Services. At Deloitte Consulting, Robert managed risk management and scenario planning engagements with Fortune 1000 firms in diverse industries.
Robert spent thirteen years as an intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He conducted worldwide risk assessments of U.S. operations, and was assigned as U.S. representative to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Upon the conclusion of the First Gulf War, he was assigned as Chief of Base in the Middle East, leading a then unprecedented international intelligence office. He earned CIA and UN commendations for his leadership on issues related to the Persian Gulf.
Graduating with Highest Honors distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, Robert earned his Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Robert is a published author in the Handbook of Business Strategy (2006 and 1998), Journal of Alternative Investments (2005), Measuring Business Excellence (2005), and is a contributing author in Proteus: Insights from 2020 (2000), a scenario planning project for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.