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Hon. William H. Webster Named Chairman of CPR Institute’s Board of Directors

New York, NY, February 14, 2011 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a legal think-tank and alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), announces the election of Honorable William H. Webster to Chairman of its Board of Directors.  

“The CPR Institute is the most innovative ADR organization in the world,” said Hon. William H. Webster.  “I feel privileged to be a part of this dynamic organization and look forward to working closely with CPR’s leadership and its Board of Directors during the next phase of its growth and development.”

Webster succeeds the previous CPR Chairman Honorable Charles B. Renfrew, former U.S. District Court Judge, Deputy Attorney General and Corporate Legal Officer for the Chevron Corporation.

“We are honored to have the leadership of Judge Webster in guiding the mission of the CPR Institute,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO. “Indeed, the appointment of someone of his stature and distinction is a clear indication that CPR continues to bring together the most elite and well-respected minds in the field.”

Webster has led a long and illustrious career in public service. He was a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1960 to 1961, then a member of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners from 1964 to 1969.  In 1970, Webster was appointed a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and in 1973 he was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Five years later, President Carter appointed him as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Then in 1987, President Reagan named Webster the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He led the CIA until his retirement from public office in 1991. Judge Webster is the only American to serve as both Director of the CIA and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  

Webster is a retired partner from the Washington, D.C. office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.  He has been a member of CPR’s Board of Directors since 1992 and was named Vice Chairman of the Board in 1996.

The members of the CPR Institute’s Board of Directors have an influential voice and play an integral role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of the organization.  The Vice Chairman of the Board is John S. Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  For a full Board of Directors list, biographies and additional information about CPR, visit  

About CPR Institute

CPR Institute provides thought leadership and innovation as the global resource for conflict management and resolution of complex business-related disputes.  Its wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated General Counsel and their law firms around the world toward an increased reliance on alternative forms of dispute resolution rather than litigation. CPR Institute’s membership is comprised of general counsel and senior lawyers of Fortune 1,000 organizations, partners in the top law firms around the world, as well as leading judges, government officials, neutrals, and academics.  Its proprietary panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide. For more information, please visit


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