Each year, Securitymagazine honors top security executives who positively impact the security industry, their organization, their colleagues and their peers. They change the security landscape for the better. They are nominated by their colleagues and associates, and they are chosen based upon their leadership qualities and the overall positive impact that their security projects, programs or departments have on their shareholders, organizations, colleagues and general public.

This year’s Most Influential is organized by five categories: Corporate Security Practitioners, Public Sector Security, University/Think Tanks, Cybersecurity and State/Local Government Security.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 Most Influential People in Security!

A very special thanks goes to Lynn Mattice and Jerry Brennan, who were our project partners and who provided subject matter expertise and research.


Corporate Security Practitioners
Roland Cloutier
Vice President, Chief Security Officer, ADP

Roland Cloutier has functional and operational responsibility for ADP’s cyber, information protection, risk, workforce protection, crisis management, and investigative security operations worldwide. With more than $12 billion in revenues and over 630,000 clients, ADP is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions including payroll services, global tax management, and human capital management technology solutions.  Under Roland’s leadership, the ADP Global Security Organization (GSO) protects ADP businesses worldwide and drives security as a top priority to protect its clients’ data and funds.  ADP’s integrated business operations protection program consists of a converged security organization providing global services to ADP’s business and clients including operating entities such as cyber defense, public safety, criminal and civil investigations, operational risk management, privacy, fraud prevention and global threat management.

Roland’s dedication to the profession goes beyond the GSO as he challenges other security practitioners to drive change and innovation to the industry.  He is a member of many security organizations and a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and contributor to industry periodicals.


Corporate Security Practitioners
Kevin P. Donovan
VP, Global Security, Johnson & Johnson

Kevin P. Donovan is the Vice President of Global Security for Johnson & Johnson, responsible for global security strategy and security operations for all Johnson & Johnson companies, which includes more than 275 operating companies in 60 countries.  Kevin and his team provide a wide range of security and protective services for approximately 128,000 employees, more than 350 sites around the world and multiple Johnson & Johnson products and assets. Previously he was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he began his career as an FBI Special Agent and subsequently held a number of leadership positions during his 25-year career.  In 2003, he was the recipient of the ADL Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation Award for his efforts in the fight against terrorism. In 2012, he was instrumental in organizing an industry initiative known as the Coalition for Patient Safety, which worked to increase penalties for cargo theft involving pharmaceuticals and medicines. The actions of this coalition resulted in the passage of the Safe Doses Act (Public Law 186-112) which became law in 2012.


Corporate Security Practitioners
Ed Goetz
Vice President, Corporate and Information Security Services, Exelon

Ed Goetz joined Constellation Energy/Exelon in August 2009 and has responsibility for cyber and physical security across the enterprise. In this capacity, he was a contributing author to the 2011 National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) Study on Resilience. Prior to joining Exelon, he was the Chief Operating Officer of i2S, Inc., a professional services company whose clients included various agencies within the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2007-2009. After two years, he guided i2S through a successful M&A process, culminating in its sale. During his 20-plus-year tenure as an FBI Special Agent, he was detailed to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Counterterrorism Center, where among other counterterrorism operations he led the CIA team in the response to the August 7, 1998, bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Goetz also established and headed the FBI’s Baghdad Office in 2005. FBI Headquarters, where he had responsibility for all FBI overseas offices. Goetz’s Corporate and Information Security Services group is a converged cyber and physical security management organization with broad responsibility for preventing, detecting and responding to security incidents, regardless of the medium. 


Corporate Security Practitioners
Ron Iden
Vice President and CSO, The Walt Disney Company

Ronald L. Iden was named Senior Vice President and CSO of The Walt Disney Company in August 2004. Iden leads Disney’s security efforts worldwide. He joined Disney from the California Office of Homeland Security, where he was appointed by and served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Director of the California Office of Homeland Security.  Prior to that assignment, Iden served for 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), his last assignment from 2001 to 2004 as the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. From 1998 to 2001, Iden was assigned as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI’s investigations of terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, financial crimes and civil rights matters. In April 1990, while assigned to FBI Headquarters, he was tasked to supervise the FBI’s investigation of the bombing deaths of a federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama, and a civil rights attorney in Savannah, Georgia.  That investigation resulted in the convictions of all involved. In October 1984, while assigned to the FBI’s San Juan, Puerto Rico Division, he was responsible for the investigation of a Puerto Rican terrorist group’s involvement in a $7 million armored car robbery in Connecticut.  That investigation resulted in the indictment of 17 terrorists and the dismantling of that terrorist organization.


Corporate Security Practitioners
Kevin Kendrick
Vice President Global Security, Dow Corning

Kevin Kendrick worked in local law enforcement for five years prior to joining the FBI to embark upon a 25-year career. While in the FBI, he gained experience in every FBI investigative program, including violent crime, organized crime, drugs, terrorism and counterintelligence. In one of his supervisory roles, Kendrick oversaw the investigation of a large counterfeit automobile parts undercover operation that resulted in the execution of 40 search warrants around the United States and the seizure of millions of dollars in fraudulently manufactured parts. At the time, it was the largest non-drug related seizure in the history of the FBI.  Kendrick later served in a variety of leadership positions within the FBI, including Deputy Assistant Director for Administrative Services at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. and finally, as the Special Agent in Charge of all FBI operations in North Carolina. Kendrick began working for Dow Corning in June 2006 and has concentrated on enhancing global security capabilities at each of their major manufacturing sites.  The emphasis for Dow Corning is on protecting all of its assets around the world, including people, places, property and information.  Kendrick has placed primary emphasis on safeguarding intellectual property and protecting Dow Corning employees as they travel internationally.


Corporate Security Practitioners
Michael A. Mason
Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Verizon Communications

As CSO of Verizon Communications, Michael A. Mason oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise-wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cybersecurity, legal compliance and law enforcement matters.  Mason’s team focuses on issues ranging from addressing the insider threat to workplace violence. He is heavily involved in the company’s efforts to address domestic violence and its impact on the workforce. Previously Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the FBI, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.  He was also responsible for the Office of International Operations (which included 59 overseas offices), the Critical Incident Response Group, home of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.  Mason began his career with the FBI in 1985 and served in numerous management and executive management positions ranging from supervisor to Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Division, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and to his eventual final position as EAD.  In 2004, he earned the President’s Award for Meritorious Senior Executive Service, awarded to the nation’s top five percent of senior executives.


Public Sector Security
Frank Taylor
Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS

Francis X. Taylor is charged with providing the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, the DHS components, and state, local, tribal and private sector partners with homeland security intelligence and information needed to keep the U.S. safe, secure and resilient. Previously, Taylor was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company. Taylor's 35-year career in government includes Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State. After 9/11, he was a key advisor in assisting President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell in forming the international coalition against terrorism and developing aggressive international policy implementation to defeat terrorism. As Assistant Secretary, Taylor oversaw all Department of State security programs that protect all U.S. government employees and buildings overseas from attack, and ensure the integrity of classified national security information produced and stored in these facilities. Leading more than 32,500 U.S., foreign and contractor personnel, he provided security for all U.S., government employees assigned to more than 250 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.


Public Sector Security
Rob Wainwright
Director of Europol

Rob Wainwright graduated from the London School of Economics, University of London, and then worked for 10 years as an intelligence analyst in the UK in counterterrorism and organized crime. From 2000-2003, Wainwright was the Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, and also responsible for the Europol National Unit in London. From 2006-2009, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), where he oversaw 20,000 law enforcement cases each year as well as establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency. Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol in April 2009. He was reappointed for a second term in 2013, having overseen Europol’s transition from intergovernmental organization to EU agency status in 2010, ensured Europol’s pivotal position in the new EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime from 2011, and secured the establishment at Europol of the new European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) in 2013. During Wainwright's tenure, the number of cases initiated at Europol has more than doubled, to more than 18,000 in 2013, and Europol has significantly strengthened its portfolio of operational support tools and services.


Public Sector Security
Elena Kim-Mitchell
Director, Private Sector Partnerships Office of the Director for National Intelligence

Elena Kim-Mitchell is the Director for Private Sector Partnerships at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) where she is responsible for engagement with private sector entities on issues related to the intelligence community and national security concerns. At the ODNI since its inception, she also served as the Deputy Assistant Deputy Director for National Intelligence for Foreign and Military Partnerships, leading a wide variety of foreign intelligence policy matters with foreign partners, international agencies and multinational organizations. Her duties also included facilitating intelligence community coordination and collaboration with Department of Defense intelligence elements at the Pentagon and at U.S. Combatant Commands. Previously Kim-Mitchell served as a career officer at the Department of State for more than 25 years in a variety of policy positions. She developed bilateral and multilateral environmental policy for the East Asia and Pacific region, including as a U.S. Senior Environment Official to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation; implemented international control policy for pharmaceutical drugs; and engaged in a wide range of other national security issues and programs.


Public Sector Security
Marsha Thurman
Program Specialist, U.S. Department Of State,Overseas Security Advisory Council

In December 1986, Marsha Thurman, a contract employee who gave tours of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the U.S. Department of State, was temporarily assigned to provide support to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Twenty-eight years later Thurman continues to provide support to OSAC. In 1986, OSAC had 15 member organizations whose representatives served on the advisory committee.  Today OSAC has 34 member organizations that provide guidance and leadership to the State Department in developing programs to mitigate and assist in managing risks to American private sector interests worldwide.  Thurman has been instrumental in supporting the OSAC committee’s recommendations to create the OSAC Country Council program, the OSAC website, Research and Information Support Center (RISC), as well as tremendous outreach to the non-business sectors of the U.S. private sector operating aboard, among other significant contributions. Thurman, now a government employee, says she has learned from the best of the best in the private sector leadership and Foreign Service Security officers that have served on OSAC.


University/Think Tanks
Pamela Passman
CEO & Founder of CREATe

Pamela Passman is the founding President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org), a non-profit business association that develops policies and practices to drive greater compliance and responsibility along global supply chains as a predicate for creating sustainable jobs, growth and innovation. Until October 2011, Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2002, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a number of areas critical to the deployment of software and services in more than 100 countries, addressing privacy, security, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She also led Microsoft’s work to formulate company public policy positions on trade, intellectual property, immigration, education and other issues. Passman also led Microsoft’s philanthropic work and had leadership responsibilities for Microsoft’s global corporate citizenship efforts. She first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002, led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China.


University/Think Tanks
Gary Gagnon
Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer,and Corporate Director of Cybersecurity, MITRE

Gary Gagnon is an internationally recognized thought leader in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Gagnon  directs all aspects of corporate security operations, including information, physical and special security. Gagnon also leads MITRE’s Intelligence Portfolio divisions within the National Security Engineering Center, the FFRDC that MITRE operates for the Department of Defense. Gagnon worked at the forefront of the effort to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure, setting a course for implementation of Presidential Decision Directive 63 and helped to establish a national strategy for critical infrastructure protection. Gagnon established one of the first anti-virus collaboration forums in partnership with industry, allowing vendors to share samples and examine signatures of early viruses to more effectively combat the attacks. In addition, he led groundbreaking work on process memory extraction, run-time analysis and malicious code patching techniques. Gagnon pioneered the threat-based approach to defending and managing networks; this represented a shift from the traditional approach of simply reducing the attack surface to a threat-based approach that balances mitigation with detection and response.


University/Think Tanks
Adam Sedgewick
Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor,National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Adam Sedgewick is leading NIST's newest project to develop a cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure such as power plants, and financial, transportation and communications systems, as called for in President Obama's 2013 Executive Order on "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." Sedgewick serves as Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this role, Adam represents NIST on the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force and advises NIST leadership on cybersecurity issues. Previously, Sedgewick was Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer Council, coordinating cross-agency initiatives and assisting in the implementation of OMB policy and directives. Sedgewick served as Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for nine years, handling cybersecurity and federal information technology policy. In 2008 and 2013, Sedgewick received the Fed 100 award for his contributions to the federal information technology community.


State/Local Government Security
Sheriff Mike Bouchard
Oakland County, Michigan

Sheriff Bouchard runs one of the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Offices, overseeing 1,200 employees and managing an annual budget of more than $138 million. He brings the experience of 27 years of law enforcement and 27 years as an elected official to the position. Having run one of the largest sheriff departments in the country for nearly a decade, he continues to find innovative and creative ways to save taxpayer money while delivering on his department's core mission to protect the community. He privatized the jail's food services – saving $1.6 million a year. He is also part of the Oakland County team that anticipates potential budget shortfalls by operating on a three-year rolling budget. That type of foresight and planning has made Oakland County one of only 40 counties in the U.S. that has a AAA bond rating. He has been involved in charitable and community organizations throughout Michigan. Key legislation sponsored by Sheriff Bouchard includes legislation requiring that incinerators be set back a minimum of 1,000 feet from schools, hospitals and nursing homes; legislation to require accountability among the members of the parole board to the people of the State of Michigan; and legislation to allow for criminal background checks of individuals other than relatives supervising minor children.


State/Local Government Security
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department

Charles H. Ramsey leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with 6,400 sworn and 800 civilian members. He has long been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies, evidence-based initiatives, organizational accountability and neighborhood-based programs, while leading organizational change in police departments.  Commissioner Ramsey currently serves as president of both the Police Executive Research Forum and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  He is the only law enforcement professional to hold both of these prominent positions simultaneously. Last year, Philadelphia saw a 50-percent drop in homicides compared to the city’s peak of 500 in 1990, and experienced fewer violent crimes than any time since 1985. In 2007, Ramsey served on the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, where he led a prominent group of law enforcement professionals during a review of the Iraqi Police Force. The report garnered international attention and praise. Ramsey served in the Chicago Police Department for nearly three decades in a variety of assignments, and was instrumental in designing and implementing the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, which became a nationally acclaimed model of community policing.   

Most Influential of 2012

Dorothy (Dotti) Bitner, Director of Security, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC

Gregory Bujac, Special Advisor, U.S. State Department, Overseas Security Advisory Council

Miki Calero, CSO for the City of Columbus, Ohio

Steven R. Chabinsky, Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyber Division

Dominic Crowley, Founding Charter Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INNSA)

Clark Kent Ervin, Director, Homeland Security Program, The Aspen Institute

Richard Grassie, President, International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC)

John Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jay Hauhn, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Security Industry Association

Mitch Lawrence, Chairman of the Industrial Security Working Group (ISWG) and Director of Security and MIS, KEYW Corporation

Grant Lecky, National Chair of the Canadian Security Partners' Forum

Tim McAtee, Deputy Director of Global Security, International Medical Corps

Timothy J. McQuiggan, Director, Government Security, Shared Services Group, The Boeing Company

Jana Monroe, Director of Corporate Security, Business Resilience, Southern California Edison

Ronald Noble, Secretary General, INTERPOL

John O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Corporate Security, Fidelity Investments

Joseph Petro, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Citigroup Security and Investigative Services

Laurie Schive, Director of Outreach, ONCIX, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

James F. (Jim) Snyder, Global Security Manager for ConocoPhillips

John Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Howard Timm, Program Manager, Future Systems and Analyses, The Defense Personnel Security Research Center (PERSEREC)

Most Influential of 2013

Chief William H. Adcox, Chief Security Officer and Chief of Police, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT-Health Science Center

Marene Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Grant Ashley, Vice President, Global Security, Merck & Co.

Donald Brackman, Director, National White Collar Crime Center

Bonnie Butlin, Executive Director, Canadian Security Partners Forum

Commissioner Edward Davis, Boston Police Department

Michael Dell, CEO, Dell, Inc.

Peter Ford, Deputy Executive Director, OSAC

John Imhoff, Director, Ernst & Young Global Security, Ernst & Young

Kevin Mandia, Founder and CEO, Mandiant

Jeffrey Miller, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, National Football League

Troels Oerting, Assistant Director, Europol and Head of European Cybercrime Centre

Alan Orlob, Vice President of Global Safety and Security, Marriott International

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director

Bruce Schneier, Security Futurologist

Sheriff Richard Stanek, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Charlie Steadman, Executive Director Firmwide Security, KPMG

Bryan Warren, Director of Corporate Security, Carolinas Health Care

Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum

Most Influential of 2014

Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Oakland County, Michigan

Roland Cloutier, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, ADP

Dr. Cobus De Swardt, Managing Director, Transparency International

Kevin P. Donovan, VP, Global Security, Johnson & Johnson

Gary Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, and Corporate Director of Cybersecurity, MITRE

Ed Goetz, Vice President, Corporate and Information Security Services, Exelon

Ron Iden, Vice President and CSO, The Walt Disney Company

Kevin Kendrick, Vice President Global Security, Dow Corning

Elena Kim-Mitchell, Director, Private Sector Partnerships Office of the Director for National Intelligence

Michael A. Mason, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Verizon Communications

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department

Pamela Passman, CEO & Founder of CREATe

Adam Sedgewick, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Frank Taylor, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS

Marsha Thurman, Program Specialist, U.S. Department Of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council

Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol


For a complete listing of all previous winners, please go to www.SecurityMagazine.com/MostInfluential