General Richard I. Neal has been a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. since July 15, 2009.
Additionally, General Neal was president of IP Global, Safer Display, Sisvel US, Inc. and Audio MPEG, all four IP licensing companies. He was the senior mentor for the United States Marine Corps for five years, and has been a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University since his retirement from the Marines Corps in 1998.
General Neal currently serves as a director of Humanetics Corporation, is a Trustee for Norwich University and is on the Board of Overseers for Northeastern University. He was recently selected to be a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Defense and Business.
He was a director for United Industrial Corporation and for AgustaWestland Inc. Following graduation from Northeastern University in 1965, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. For the next 35 years, General Neal commanded at every level within the Marine Corps; battery, battalion, brigade and as the Second Marine Division Commander. He served two tours in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation Desert Storm, General Neal served as the director of operations for U.S. Central Command and was also responsible for briefing the international press on the war. Before his retirement in 1998, General Neal’s last assignment was as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
General Neal holds a B.S. in history and education from Northeastern University, and a M.Ed. from Tulane University. He is also a graduate of the National War College.