University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty


Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty

Chairman, McLarty Associates
Chairman, McLarty Companies
Former Chairman/CEO, Arkla
Little Rock, Arkansas


Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty is chairman of McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm he co-founded with Henry Kissinger in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service. During the Clinton administration, McLarty served as White House chief of staff and later as special envoy to the Americas. Prior to his government service, McLarty was chairman and chief executive officer of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company located in Little Rock. During his tenure, Arkla grew into the nation's largest natural gas distributor, with customers in eleven states.

Today, he is chairman of McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation company. He is a director of the automotive businesses in Mexico and Brazil founded by his oldest son Mark, who also led the McLarty auto operations in China. In addition to his leadership at McLarty Associates, he is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Born in Hope, McLarty graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business administration. In 2007 he was inducted into the Arkansas chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the most prestigious national academic honor society for business students. He is a past recipient of J. William Fulbright Sigma Chi Award.


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