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6th Annual CSO Roundtable Spring Conference

March 04, 2013 - March 05, 2013

The University Club of Chicago


The 6th Annual CSO Roundtable Spring Conference, Lessons Learned, Problem Solved, will focus on the ways that senior security executives at some of the world’s largest organizations have solved difficult problems.

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Mendez, Author of Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History.

For 25 years Tony Mendez worked under cover, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA he was their disguise master. He moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world. In January 1980 he led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation, the subject of a book by Tony and the new award-winning film Argo by Ben Affleck, involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in LA. He was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting this operation. Attendees will receive a signed copy of the book Argo.

An Analysis of Attacks on Sabritas Vehicles in Mexico

Delivery trucks owned by Sabritas, a snack-food distribution company in Mexico that’s part of PepsiCo, was targeted in 2012 by drug cartel members who believed the trucks were being used by law enforcement for surveillance. The Vice President of Global Security of PepsiCo will discuss the firebombings and lessons learned from the attacks.

Speaker: David Carpenter, Vice President Global Security, PepsiCo

In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left in its wake a tremendous amount of destruction. It also provided some amazing and hard-won lessons in how to prepare for an unforeseen catastrophe that hits a major metropolitan area. The CSO of Time Warner Cable will explain his preparation for the hurricane, and how the company managed once the disaster actually struck. Other disaster-management experts on the panel will discuss how this disaster, and others like it, will change the way that future disasters are managed.

Speakers: Brian Allen, CPP, VP, Chief of Security, Time Warner Cable; Natalie Runyon, Director, Corporate Security and Crisis Management, Thomson Reuters; Andrew Velasquez III, DHSFEMA – Region V Regional Administrator

Emerging Markets that Aren’t on Your Radar—But Should Be

The director of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global operational risk analysis unit will provide a look at some up-and-coming markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and will reveal the identity of the country he calls “The Comeback Kid.” The presentation will look at recent economic trends, the five-year horizon, and implications for business.

Speaker: Robert Powell, Senior Editor/Economist, Risk Briefing Global Manager, Economist Intelligence Unit

Setting Up Shop in Hazardous Locations

Starting up a security operation in a new region is always a challenge; but when the region seems fraught with danger to people and property, the challenge can seem overwhelming. In this session, you’ll learn how other security executives safely set up new operations in hazardous locales, and will get the chance to provide your perspective and ask questions.

Speaker: Sam Logan, Managing Partner, Southern Pulse; Mike Osborne, CPP, Vice President, Global Security, Kinross Gold Corporation; Gerald L. Kloski, Manager, Corporate Security, Marathon Oil Company

What Duty of Care Do You Owe to Your Traveling Employees?

What are the benefits of a well-considered travel-risk-management program that includes duty-of-care requirements? That’s one question that will be addressed by Suzanne Garber, the Chief Networking Officer of International SOS and formerly managing director, South America, with FedEx. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of how duty of care and duty of loyalty go hand-in-hand when it comes to travel-risk management, and how to take compliance to the next level.

Speaker: Suzanne Garber, Chief Networking Officer, International SOS

Executive Coaching: Everything You Need to Know

Renowned executive coach Julie Grusin Hess will lead a discussion on what styles of coaching exist, how to find the right coach, and how executive coaching can help your career.

Taking a Senior Position: Lessons Learned

Getting the top security job in a multinational organization may be the dream of many security executives, but it’s only the beginning of a new challenge. From navigating corporate politics to building alliances with bosses and subordinates, there’s a lot for new CSOs to learn. In this session, four recently minted CSOs will share their struggles and lessons learned, and answer questions about their rise to the top.

Speakers: Bryan Fort, CPP, Director of Corporate Security, McCormick & Co; Melody Kratsios, Senior Vice President, Global Security, SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Scott Lindahl, CPP, Chief Security Officer, Kellogg Company; Bernie Sullivan, CPP, Director of Global Security, Hanesbrands Inc.