Richard J. Coyle is the executive director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Johnson. From 2007-10 he was a senior director for International Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he supported the European retail market and the Global Procurement organization with media and government relations. He has developed significant expertise in crisis communications as the corporate spokesperson for business practices and factory conditions in the world’s largest supply chain. Prior to this, he served as Maine’s state director of international trade and president of the Maine International Trade Center. In addition to his MBA from Johnson, Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an Advanced Graduate Business Certificate from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Southern New Hampshire University, and has served as chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. He has also lectured at Binghamton University and American University, and has been a speaker at several industry conferences. Richard is the recipient of the Order of Merit, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Federal Republic of Germany, in recognition of his efforts to advance international trade.