Robert Fry

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Sir Robert Fry
Sir Robert Fry - Self Portrait.jpg
Lieutenant General Sir Robert Fry
(self-portrait taken in Baghdad 2007)
Born (1951-04-06) 6 April 1951 (age 63)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1973–2007
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 45 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Royal Marines
Battles/wars Gulf War
Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Alan Fry KCB CBE (born 6 April 1951)[1] served as a Royal Marine for over 30 years and was involved in military operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. After retirement from military service he went into private business and, in 2007, became CEO of Hewlett Packard's defence and security business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of McKinney Rogers International and subsequently, in 2011, Albany Associates.

Early career[edit]

After taking a degree in economics at the University of Bath and working for a period in commerce in New York, Fry joined the Royal Marines in 1973.[2] His early career was spent at regimental and special duties. Attendance at the Army Staff College was followed by tours in the Ministry of Defence and Directorate of Special Forces, a sequence punctuated in the 1986/7 academic year when he studied for an MA (Distinction) in War Studies at King's College London.[3]

Senior military career[edit]

In 1989, Fry was appointed Chief of staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, and subsequently took part in Operation Haven in Northern Iraq. This was followed by a return to the Ministry of Defence before taking command of 45 Commando in 1995. In 1997, in the rank of brigadier, he became the Director Naval Staff in the Ministry of Defence, after which he took over command of 3 Commando Brigade in 1999 and deployed to Kosovo.[4]

He was appointed Commandant General Royal Marines in 2001,[5] and a year later he took up the job of Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces, in which capacity he deployed as the UK Maritime Component Commander for operations in the Gulf.[6]

He assumed the post of Chief of Staff at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood in May 2002 and remained in the job throughout the planning for and conduct of operations against Iraq. He took over the job of Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) in July 2003 and advised successive Prime Ministers on the conduct of operations in response to the 9/11 attacks. He was deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq in March 2006[7] and retired in 2007.[2]

Later career[edit]

From July 2007 to March 2010, Fry served as CEO of HP Enterprise Services Defence & Security UK,[8] where he ran HPs $1.5 billion Europe, Africa and Middle East defense business.[4] In January 2010 he was appointed chairman of the business consultancy McKinney Rogers International and in 2011 became chairman of Albany Associates.[8] He remains an advisor to HP and a number of other companies in the defence and banking sectors.[4]

Fry is an established essayist and occasional columnist.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20] He is also a visiting professor at Reading University[3] and a visiting fellow at Oxford University.[6] He is also a member the Royal United Services Institute executive council and a trustee of Help for Heroes.[21]

Awards[edit]

Early on in his career Fry was Mentioned in Dispatches and was awarded the MBE. Later on he was appointed CBE for services as commander of a multinational brigade in Kosovo in 1998. In July 2003, he was appointed KCB for his services as Director of Operations in the MoD, and was made Officer of the Legion of Merit in 2006 for his final operational tour as Deputy Commanding General of coalition forces in Iraq.[22]

Family[edit]

He is married to Liz and they have two daughters. He maintains his military links as colonel of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, and is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Debrett's: Lt-Gen Sir Robert Fry, KCB, CBE Linked 2013-08-15
  2. ^ a b The Standard (Kenya), 8 February 2011: Navigating rough patches with military precision Linked 2013-08-15
  3. ^ a b "Sir Robert Fry, Visiting Professor, University of Reading, Department of Politics & International Relations". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Chief Executive.net, 14 September 2010: From BDUs to Pinstripes Linked 2013-08-15
  5. ^ Breakfast with Frost, 5 May 2002: David Frost interview with Major-General Robert Fry (transcript) Linked 2013-08-15
  6. ^ a b "Leadership Breakfast Series 3/17/11 Sir Robert Fry KCB CBE". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ U.S. Department of Defense, 22 August 2006: DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Sir Robert Fry from Iraq (transcript of video conference) Linked 2013-08-15
  8. ^ a b DueDil: Sir Robert Alan Fry - Directorships Linked 2013-08-15
  9. ^ RUSI Journal, Jun 1998, Vol. 143, No. 3: "End of the continental century"- essay by Robert Fry Linked 2013-08-15
  10. ^ Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2010: Ex-U.K. Military Leader Pushes Europe on Defense Capability Linked 2013-08-15
  11. ^ Wall street Journal, March 14, 2010: "A Military Leader Looks Back at Lessons of Afghanistan, Iraq" Linked 2013-08-15
  12. ^ Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2010: "Fighting Wars in Cyberspace", by Robert Fry Linked 2013-08-15
  13. ^ Wall Street Journal: 9 November 2010 - Civvy Street's Boardrooms Gain From Military Cuts
  14. ^ Huffington Post: 10 Sep 2011: Ten Years On - Is it the End of the 9/11 Moment?
  15. ^ Fair Observer: 23 March 2011 - America in Afghanistan - The 20/20 View.
  16. ^ Forbes: 23 August 2011 - World War I's Crucial Lesson for Today's Leaders
  17. ^ Prospect Magazine: 24 April 2012 - A Strategic Own Goal?
  18. ^ Prospect Magazine: 17 October 2012 - Survival of the Fittest
  19. ^ City AM: 30 January 2012 - Strategy Has Been Forgotten by Business
  20. ^ Economia: 16 July 2012 - What Accountants Can Learn from the Prussians
  21. ^ "Sir Robert Fry". Help for Heros. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58183. p. 17361. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Fulton
Commandant General Royal Marines
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Anthony Milton
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Pigott
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments)
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Style
Preceded by
Nick Houghton
Senior British Military Representative
and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq

March 2006–September 2006
Succeeded by
Graeme Lamb