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Bernard Banahan

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

Bernie Banahan’s 30 years of experience in law enforcement and security culminated with 23 years of service at Motorola, where he recently retired as vice president and director, global security and loss prevention. Bernie was also director of corporate security and assistant to the president of Alberto Culver Company, from 1975 to 1980. Prior to entering the private sector, he was with the Chicago Police Department for 12 years, including eight years as a homicide detective.

Bernie is a past president of the International Security Management Association (ISMA), and also held various officer positions during his six-year term on ISMA's board of directors. He is a former member of the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council, and former chairman of the Transnational Crime and Information Protection Committees.

The Illinois Security Chief Association awarded Bernie the Lindbergh Bell Award in 1995 in recognition for his many contributions to law enforcement and the security profession. Bernie also received Motorola's Career Achievement Award for his progressive leadership, responsibility, and achievements, consistent with Motorola's quality and ethics standards.

Bernie is CSO Emeritus Faculty for The Security Executive Council.

Areas of expertise:

• Global security management with concentration in the consumer electronics industry

• Workplace violence prevention and corporate programs

• Risk and crisis planning and management

• CTPAT and supply chain security

• Law enforcement and investigative coordination