Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has named Michael Woodson as the company's new Director of Information Security & Privacy. 

In his new role, Woodson will leverage more than 20 years’ experience as an IT information security professional. His focus will be on aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives and ensuring that information assets and technologies are adequately protected across all geographies.

Prior to this position, Woodson was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, where he was responsible for the MBTA’s total information security needs, and the development and delivery of their comprehensive information security strategy. His prior experience includes Principal at Infosys Limited in the Enterprise Application, Cloud, Infrastructure and Security Services practice, a Senior Vice President, Taino Consulting Groups Cyber Security Advisory Practice, Information System Security and VP/Cyber Risk Director for State Street Corporation, Director of Cyber and Network Security for Santander Bank, and Head of Forensic Information Security Services North America for Tata Consultancy Services and 12 years of law enforcement experience at the Boston Police Department as an IT specialist/Police Officer.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University and guest lecturer at several other area colleges and universities. Woodson is a Certified in Information Security Management (CISM) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO). He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, and several master’s degrees from Boston University and Utica College of Syracuse University.