Cathal Walsh has rejoined Guidepost Solutions as Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO). He will advise C-suite executives, boards, and heads of security with strategic guidance to address their most critical physical security and risk management matters. In addition, he will serve as the firm’s CSO overseeing its security strategy and operations.
From 2012 to 2018, Walsh previously served as director, security risk management and technology consultancy at Guidepost. He enters this role with over 20 years of experience in the security industry, holding positions within both large multinational organizations and private risk management advisory firms.
He most recently served as vice president at Deutsche Bank, where he led the firm-wide global corporate security strategy program. There, he maintained direct oversight of five global teams, supporting 1,700 offices throughout 58 countries and managing a multimillion-dollar budget focused on security systems, investigations, travel security, threat assessment, cybersecurity, executive protection, and much more. Prior to his first stint at Guidepost, Cathal also held roles at Prudential Financial and a corporate investigation and risk consulting firm.
At Prudent Financial, his primary responsibilities included assessment, planning, and implementation of comprehensive asset protection systems and programs in support of its Asset Protection and Management Group. He also served as a security evaluator at the City University of New York Research Foundation conducting threat and vulnerability assessments during the same period.
During his previous tenure with Guidepost, Walsh was an integral member of the New York office’s security team, providing user focused state-of-the-art solutions. This work included designing a security program for one of the largest real estate development projects in U.S. history, advising professional sports teams on their operational readiness and incident management response activities, implementing a comprehensive asset protection program for a large commercial retailer, and providing executive protection services and investigations for high-net-worth clients.
Walsh holds a Master of Business Administration in international business from Seton Hall University, a Master of Science in protection management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from St. Thomas Aquinas College.