Meet the People of The Chertoff Group

Our principals have worked closely together for years, as leaders of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency and the CIA.

We’ve seen each other under pressure – the kind of pressure most people would never want to see, with thousands of lives or even the whole nation’s security at stake, with no time to spare and usually with limited information. We came through it together. And the United States came out stronger.

We reorganized the country’s disaster response system, so we’ll never again see anything like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We vastly improved interagency communications, so federal and local agencies won’t be in the dark about who’s doing what. We developed a whole new approach to border security and counterterrorism, and since 9/11 not a single person has died from a terrorist attack within our borders.

We came to know each other under the most trying circumstances. We came to trust each other with our lives. We work incredibly well – together – under pressure. And once you get to know us, you’ll understand how valuable we can be to securing the future of your organization.

Michael Chertoff | Co-Founder and Managing Principal

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.

Chad C. Sweet | Co-Founder and CEO

Chad Sweet is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm and investment bank exclusively focused on the security sector. Mr. Sweet formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Mr. Sweet worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as served in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

Jayson Ahern | Principal

On January 2, 2010, Jayson P. Ahern retired from 33 years of federal service to both the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. At the time of his retirement, he had served for nearly a year as Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and was responsible for securing, managing and controlling our Nation’s borders.

Charles Allen | Principal

At DHS, Charles E. Allen developed the department’s intelligence architecture, integrated its intelligence activities and ensured that they were continuously aligned with the department’s evolving priorities. He also accelerated and expanded the department’s processes for sharing intelligence with state and local security and law enforcement officials.

Jay Cohen | Principal

Innovative problem solving and science and technology have always been among Jay M. Cohen’s strong points: Early in his naval career he mastered Nuclear Power Training and later commanded a nuclear submarine. He followed that with stints as a senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet; command of a major surface ship, Director of the Navy Y2K Project Office; and Chief of Naval Research.

Richard Falkenrath | Principal

Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath is a Principal with The Chertoff Group, where he advises clients on a broad array of homeland and national security issues relating to counterterrorism, law enforcement, physical and digital network security, and risk management. In addition, he is Contributing Editor at Bloomberg News; a Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations;

Michael Hayden | Principal

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US

Graham Love | Principal

Graham Love retired as Group Chief Executive of QinetiQ in November 2009 after a career with the company and its predecessor organisations spanning nearly 20 years, and including 2 privatisations, 2 highly successful private equity partnerships, and an IPO which saw the UK’s previously government owned defence research agencies transformed into a major international company listed in the FTSE 250.

John Reid | Principal

Dr. John Reid has dedicated his career to public service serving as a Member of Parliament for 23 years, half of which were in service as a Government minister. He is often described as one of the most experienced Cabinet ministers in modern times having held more ministerial posts at the Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history.

Jeffrey Runge | Principal

Dr. Runge has decades of clinical, research, leadership and administrative experience. In addition to seven years as the head of two government agencies with as many as 1000 employees and contractors under his direction, he brings nearly 30 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician. Until 2001 he practiced and taught in North Carolina’s busiest emergency department and trauma center, while performing research in injury prevention, trauma care, and emergency service delivery.

Paul Schneider | Principal

As Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, Paul Schneider managed day-to-day operations of an organization with approximately 220,000 employees and an annual budget of $52.6 billion. Earlier, as Under Secretary for Management, he was responsible for the department’s financial management and for the procurement and management of such mission-critical assets as information technology systems, facilities and equipment.

David Veness | Principal

Sir David Veness served as Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005.

Larry Castro | Managing Director

At the National Security Agency (NSA), Larry Castro served as the NSA/Central Security Service Representative to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a post he held since the Department’s creation in March 2003. He served concurrently as NSA’s Coordinator for Homeland Security Support. In this latter role, Mr. Castro led the development of the Agency’s Homeland Security Support Strategy, which complements and fully supports the National Strategy for Homeland Security

Debbie Eng | Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Eng joined the Chertoff Group in July of 2009 after three years of serving at the Department of Homeland Security both in the Secretary’s office and at the operational level. As part of Secretary Michael Chertoff’s staff, Ms. Eng oversaw and coordinated department-wide responses to every directive and policy issue that originated from the White House, including the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

Cindy Farkus | Managing Director

Since first joining DHS in 2007, Ms. Farkus served in several key positions including DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs as well as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Global Strategies and Assistant Administrator for the Office of Intelligence at TSA. During her time as the DHS Acting Assistant Secretary, Ms. Farkus ensured that strategic international relationships stayed on track during the early stages of the presidential transition, a critical time for those partnerships.

Nathaniel Fogg | Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Fogg comes to the Chertoff Group after two and a half years serving in a senior operating role at FEMA where he was instrumental in restructuring the agency and improving its response and recovery capabilities in the wake of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. He was significantly involved in the development and execution of successful evacuation and sheltering plans for Louisiana and Texas during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, and numerous other effective responses to natural disasters and emergencies around the country.

Jason Kaufman | Managing Director

Jason brings to The Chertoff Group over twelve years of investment banking and private equity investing experience, exclusively focused on middle market defense and government services companies. During his career, he has advised on over 50 merger, acquisition, private placement, and corporate divestiture transactions worth over $2.5 billion in deal value.

William Marshall | Managing Director

Mr. Marshall brings to the Chertoff Group a broad base of expertise in intelligence and cyber-related matters after nearly 35 years of service at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), where he held a variety of senior leadership, management, and analysis positions in support of the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

Jim Pflaging | Managing Director

Mr. Pflaging has over 25 years of Silicon Valley experience including 15 years as President/CEO of venture-backed, cyber security and data management companies. He has grown companies from pre-revenue to over $100 million and led divisions of Fortune 500 companies valued at $150 million or more. Mr. Pflaging has raised over $100 million in financing from a variety of venture, debt, and strategic sources and built operations in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Gary Shiffman | Managing Director

Dr. Shiffman brings to the Chertoff Group a deep terrorism/counter-terrorism expertise married with successful P&L experience at a Fortune 200 corporation. A prominent economist, he is well known for his perceptive application of economic insights to business leadership, and national and homeland security.

Bennet Waters | Managing Director

Dr. Waters has a successful record of senior leadership experience in a variety of public, private and federal government settings. He specializes in developing, implementing and optimizing entrepreneurial strategies that balance the need to minimize risks with maintaining the flow of commerce.

Brian White | Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. White brings to the Chertoff Group a mix of executive, legislative, and private sector experience. Mr. White joins the Chertoff Group from Lockheed Martin, where he was a Principal in their Maritime Systems and Sensors business. In this role, Mr. White led an international and domestic business development and strategy team for the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) line of business.

Katy Montgomery | Director of Strategic Communications

Katy Montgomery joins The Chertoff Group as a senior public affairs advisor focused on creating thoughtful and strategic communications plans to help clients be prepared and navigate through both anticpated challenges and unpredictable events. During her career, she has served as a strategic communications advisor and spokesperson for senior government officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The White House, and U.S. Department of Education.

Nicolle Rippeon | Director

Nicolle Sciara Rippeon joins The Chertoff Group from ABM LLC, an advisory services firm specializing in supporting the government’s implementation of border security and immigration programs as well as technology modernization projects. She also worked with both large and small companies in developing and pursuing federal strategies in the homeland security market space.

Jeannette Smith | Chief of Staff

Ms. Smith joined The Chertoff Group in 2010 as a Special Assistant where she supports the Group’s Co-founders, Secretary Michael Chertoff and Chad Sweet. Ms. Smith uses her experience from the White House and from small business development to cultivate and maintain internal operation processes, provide scheduling and administrative support, and lead the overall team support for the firm.

Elizabeth Carter | Senior Associate

Elizabeth Carter joined the Chertoff Group after serving as the Plan Manager for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, where she was responsible for the development of hazard-specific emergency plans to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. In this capacity, she worked closely with New York City agencies and other regional municipalities to foster interagency coordination and spearhead collaborative efforts to develop WMD playbooks and protocols.

Ryan Hoffman | Senior Associate

Ryan Hoffman serves as Senior Associate at The Chertoff Group in the firm’s M&A Advisory practice. With over six years of exclusive focus in the Defense, Security, and Government Services industry, Mr. Hoffman bings extensive investment banking experience in both private and public sell-side assignments, corporate divestitures, public equity raises, and buy-side transactions for clients operating in the defense, intelligence, C4ISR, and government services markets.

Lauren Lotko | Senior Associate

With a background in equity research and demonstrated commitment to improving national security, Ms. Lotko brings the knowledge and capabilities to enhance our clients’ ability to do well financially, while doing good for the public. Before joining The Chertoff Group, Ms. Lotko worked as an equity research associate at BayStreet Research providing quantitatively driven analysis on the wireless communications and video games sectors

Veronica Gilbert | Senior Financial Accountant

Ms. Gilbert joined The Chertoff Group in July of 2011 as the Senior Financial Accountant where she oversees the internal accounting functions of the company. She has extensive experience working in this financial capacity at manufacturing firms, banking institutions, and franchise corporations.

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Jean-Louis Bruguière
Judge Bruguière is an international expert on terrorism. With more than 25 years of experience serving as France’s leading magistrate for investigating counter-terrorism, Judge Bruguière is responsible for hundreds of important arrests and convictions including among them one of the world’s most famous terrorists Carlos (“the Jackal”).
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Joseph G. Fogg III
Joseph G. Fogg III
Mr. Fogg is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westbury Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that specializing in providing value-added capital to privately owned companies in high-growth, complex markets.
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Admiral Timothy Keating
Admiral Timothy Keating
Admiral Keating is a highly decorated, retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy and the former Commander of the United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC), where he worked to preserve the security of our nation across the Asia-Pacific region. Previously he served as Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in times of crisis.
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Dr. Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Dr. Nye is currently a University Distinguished Service Professor, the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and a former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.
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Sir John M. Scarlett KCMG OBE
Sir John Scarlett served for 38 years with the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and three years (2001-2004) as Chairman of the Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). He took over the JIC six days before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. From 2004 to 2009, he was Chief of MI6.
Maurice Sonnenberg
Mr. Sonnenberg currently serves as Senior International Advisor at J.P. Morgan Chase. He has served in five U.S. Presidential Administrations holding various appointed advisory positions in the areas of finance, international trade, intelligence and counterterrorism.
Scott Weber
Mr. Weber is currently a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP, where he provides legal counsel and policy advice on complex matters involving critical infrastructure protection, preparedness, continuity of operations for government programs, and product liability and security risks for private sector clients. Mr. Weber previously served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Areas of Focus:

FBI competencies, capabilities, and training
Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism (foreign and domestic)
Middle East affairs

Robert Kandra is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Kandra recently served as the Associate Executive Assistant Director in the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In this capacity, he was responsible for executive oversight of all foreign and domestic FBI programs for counterintelligence.

Mr. Kandra began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving 27 years as both a career CIA National Clandestine Service Operations Officer and as a Senior Executive with assignments involving counterintelligence, counterterrorism, counter-proliferation, and cyber threat challenges. His field command assignments included Damascus, Syria; Warsaw, Poland; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Tirana, Albania; Baghdad, Iraq (three tours), and most recently Vienna, Austria where he worked closely with the U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Mr. Kandra served as the Chief of the CIA’s Training Center in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed to the Editorial Board for the CIA’s Studies in Intelligence and published a classified article detailing Leadership Issues in a War Zone. He also served as the Director of Clandestine and Special Training for CIA, and is a recognized instructor and speaker within the intelligence community.

Mr. Kandra received his B.A. in History from the University of Maryland in 1981, and a Juris Doctorate in 1983. He served in the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class Program, Quantico and has attended executive leadership training.

Mr. Kandra was named one of the CIA’s Managers of the Year in 2005. Other significant awards he has received include the CIA Intelligence Star for Valor, the CIA Donovan Award (twice awarded in 2000 and 2007), the Balkans Service Medal, the George Bush Medal for Counterterrorism, a Meritorious Unit Citation (Kuwait), among other awards.

Mr. Mark Weatherford | Principal | CHERTOFF GROUP | http://archive.is/dzJwh

Areas of Focus:

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Risk Mitigation
Public-Private Partnerships

Previous Government and Private Sector Service:

Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Vice President & Chief Security Officer, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Chief Information Security Officer, State of California
Chief Information Security Officer, State of Colorado

Mark Weatherford is a Principal at The Chertoff Group and advises clients on a broad array of cybersecurity services. As one of the nation’s leading experts on cybersecurity, Mr. Weatherford works with organizations around the world to effectively manage today’s cyber threats by creating comprehensive security strategies that can be incorporated into core business operations and objectives.

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Weatherford served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity within the National Protection and Programs Directorate. In this role, he worked with all national critical infrastructure sectors and federal government agencies to develop an understanding of the cyber threat environment and create more secure IT network operations. Through his leadership, DHS greatly expanded its efforts to assist private sector organizations in identifying pre-incident vulnerabilities, share actionable cyber threat information, and provide forensics and remediation services. These actions resulted in dramatically improved government-private sector relationships and led DHS to a new level of cybersecurity maturity.

Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Weatherford was Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program. Prior to NERC, Mr. Weatherford was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and was also the first Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado, where he was appointed by two successive governors.

Previously, Mr. Weatherford worked at the Raytheon Company where he successfully built and directed the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet Security Operations Center in San Diego, California, and was part of a team conducting security certification and accreditation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. As a former U.S. Navy Cryptologic Officer, Mr. Weatherford led the U.S. Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT).

Mark Weatherford earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications. He was one of the Information Security magazine’s “Security 7 Award” winners in 2008, was awarded SC Magazine’s prestigious “CSO of the Year” award for 2010, and was named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity in both 2012 and 2013.