Thomas F. " Mack " McLarty III ( born June 14, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas) is a politician and businessman from Arkansas, who served under Bill Clinton as chief of staff of the White House. He is the chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a consulting company based in Washington, and the chairman of McLarty Companies.
McLarty was in 1969, his bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Already at the age of 23 he was elected to the Parliament of the State, and from 1974 to 1976 he held the chair of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. In 1976, he became the youngest board member of Arkia Gas / Arkia Inc., a natural gas company, which had already been named to the Fortune 500. During his tenure, the company was recognized in addition to his efforts in the automotive industry for excellent management of Forbes, The Wall Street Transcript and the Financial Times. McLarty also discussed alongside his work in the economy three presidents: Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush and Bill Clinton. With President Carter, he worked as a member of the Democratic Federal Party and was appointed by him as head of the federal agency for oil and the Federal Department of Environment Quality.
In the White House
For President Clinton, he worked as chief of staff of the White house from 1993 until 1994. Clinton asked the chief of the Office of Management and Budget, Leon Panetta, what his government was missing. Panetta said to him that there was a lack of power. McLarty was eliminated because of it - he had remained to colorless. " Panetta replaced McLarty for the rest of Clinton's first term in office, and the rest is history. To become an influential man, a modern president needs a strong chief of staff, Leon Panetta and Clinton got the man he needed. ". McLarty remain an important friend of the Clintons, especially since they were both gone to the same school. He stayed after his retirement an adviser to the president and even worked for several years as a special ambassador to the United States. He was also a member of the National Economic Forum for five years.
In his capacity as a special U.S. ambassador he was significant in bringing about the NAFTA and the FTAA Agreement. He was the most important politicians at the summit of American States in 1994 in Florida, where the foundation stone was laid for the FTAA, and had a key role in the subsequent implementation of this Agreement.
The McLarty Companies consist of eleven branches of car dealers in five U.S. states, generating more than 600 million U.S. dollars in sales. McLarty began his career with it, the company founded by his grandfather, the McLarty Leasing Systems, in one of Germany's largest companies rebuild around automobiles. After he finally left the White House in July 1998, he returned to his company.
- Business Chairman of the Board, Acxiom Corporation
- CEO, Union Pacific Railroad
- Advisory Board, Leeds Equity Partners
- Advisory Board, Cato Institute / Inter-American Dialogue
- Advisory Board, Diligence Inc.
- Advisory Board Chairman, Carlyle Group (since 2003)
- Charity Trustee, Center for the Study of the Presidency
- International Trustee meeting, Religions for Peace
- Consultant, New Democrat Network
- Member, U.S. Mexico Binational Council
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2001)