The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Chairman and Co-Founder
Areas of Focus:
Risk identification, analysis and mitigation
Crisis management – prevention, preparation, response and recovery
Strategic counsel on global security solutions
Previous Government Service:
Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2005 – 2009)
Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2003 – 2005)
Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Criminal Division (2001 – 2003)
As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen.
At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff will provide high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. “Risk management has become the CEO’s concern,” he says. “We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.”
Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.
In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.
NBC's Meet the Press: Chertoff and Hayden Reflect on the Death of Osama Bin Laden
Source: NBC's Meet the Press
Interview: Michael Chertoff and Bill Richardson :In the wake of Japan's nuclear troubles, are nuclear plants in the US safe?
Source: ABC News
National Press Club Event
Securing Our Nation's Cyber Supply Chain
Thursday, April 21, 9:00-10:00 am
Michael Chertoff joins General Dale Meyerrose of the Harris Corporation and Larry Clinton of the Internet Security Alliance at the National Press Club for an important discussion on how to better secure our nation’s cyber supply chain and the integrity of the elements that make up this important infrastructure.
On Leadership: Michael Chertoff on Building
Source: The Washington Post
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