F. Peter Phillips takes over as CPR Institute's Acting CEO and President

F. Peter Phillips was appointed Acting CEO and President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution by CPR’s Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2006.

“Those of us who have worked with Peter are confident that the Institute is in good hands,” said Charles Renfrew, Chair of CPR’s Board of Directors upon making the appointment.

“Peter has held senior positions at CPR for over eight years, and as Secretary to the Board he knows the Institute’s operations intimately. He is diligent and thoughtful, and enjoys the respect of our members and donors.”

Mr. Phillips has been a member of CPR’s senior management team since May, 1998. In addition to his new duties, he will continue to be responsible for convening CPR member committees to devise protocols and tools for the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures in specific industries and practice areas. He also heads efforts to work with CPR members and ADR institutions outside of North America, particularly in Europe and the Far East. Phillips serves as chief architect for all CPR meeting worldwide, including an annual European Business Mediation Congress attended by some of the world’s most sophisticated senior corporate counsel, including Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and his colleague Judge Verougstraete from the Belgian Supreme Court. In 2004, Phillips was responsible for a successful partnership with Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) when the U.S.- China Business Mediation Center was established in New York and Beijing.

As a recognized authority on conflict management and resolution, Phillips has appeared on programs offered by the American Bar Association, the Society of Human Resource Managers, the Practicing Law Institute, and numerous corporations and law firms in the United States, England, Argentina, Hong Kong, China, and Russia. He is the author of several articles on business applications of ADR in such contexts as disputes on insurance coverage, employment, electronic commerce, and franchise operations. He has also written law review articles on various topics in labor and employment law and is the main author of the recent CPR book, How Companies Manage Employment Disputes.

Mr. Phillips is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School. He was associated with the law firms of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Schulte Roth & Zabel, both of New York City. While in private practice he was engaged in a wide scope of litigation matters, including employment, securities, commercial contract, corporate governance, and insurance insolvency disputes. He is a member of the bars of the states of New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as of the United States Supreme Court.

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