One of the most rewarding parts of my job, as Editor of Security magazine, is the opportunity to speak with our readers. I recently had the pleasure to speak with Whit Chaiyabhat, staff vice president, crisis manager, for FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers. He has had a successful 20-year career in various roles within the global security industry. In each position, he’s had to adapt his approach to securing the enterprise, based on the risk culture, the environment and emerging global security threats.
Chaiyabhat began his career in a consulting role at Booz Allen Hamilton, a position he says allowed him to observe and impact how multiple federal and commercial enterprises operate, which ultimately has helped form his future approaches to navigating risk cultures and appetites. “During my time there, 9/11 happened, and I wanted to be part of the country’s national-level response. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to join the FBI as a Security Specialist (Protective Intelligence Program Mgr.) & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. That FBI role was a ‘sink or swim’ career moment for me because it forced me to broaden my professional areas of expertise and capabilities quickly. My years serving the FBI and our country remain some of my most rewarding professional experiences in my career. I maintain a profound respect and admiration for our national security public servants within the FBI and Intelligence Community.”