Wesley K. Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator. General Clark serves as CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank, Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations; Advisor at the Blackstone Group; Advisory Board member of SICPA, board member of AREI, Trustee of International Crisis Group, founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and Director of the Atlantic Council. A best-selling author, General Clark has written four books.
Clark retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, and was severely wounded and evacuated home. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).