A Lifelong Career in National and Corporate Security
Career Magazine

Managing Safety

Is intelligence much more coordinated today?
The New York City Police Department and the FBI have corporate security outreach programs, and on a regular basis they will bring together corporate security executives and talk to them about what they’re seeing, what’s going on, and what they should tell their employees. The NYPD has everyone on an e-mail and if there is anything going on in the city, we will get a heads-up alert.

What advantage did your DEA background offer?
The great advantage with the DEA is that it is an international investigative agency. They have offices in U.S. embassies throughout the world and work very closely with the security forces, police, and military in Asia, Africa, and Europe. I retired in good standing, so I can call on my relationships within those agencies. With those connections, we can get information and bring it back very quickly to the company.

What has been the challenge transitioning into a corporate position?
When I came to the corporate world, I was the special agent in charge of the New York office of the DEA– its largest operational office. My interaction was at the highest level of law enforcement agencies. I was working with several hundred men and women who went through a 17-week academy; they were socialized in federal law enforcement. They knew the mission. They knew the drill. In the corporate sector, it’s not like that. Through networking and through understanding the core mission of the business, I have been able to get buy-in from senior management and employees.

How do you staff globally?
When I came in, the company allowed me to go around the world to interview and hire people in various parts of the world where we have operations. Those outside the U.S. are primarily former law enforcement professionals with strong reputations for success and with strong relationships in their country. Relationships are always going to be important. People are comfortable working with people they know. If there is a terrorist attack or rumors of a terrorist attack in London, the right security persons in place can call their colleagues in the metropolitan police and find out what’s going on. It may not be top-secret information, but enough to bring back to the corporation so they know how to manage safety procedures for their employees. The company has realized how important it is to have first-class security executives looking out for their safety.