Leadership Solutions


Joseph Carlon

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

Joe Carlon retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation in December of 2004. As a senior level security executive managing the corporation’s operational security interests, he developed and communicated strategic plans and objectives; created and disseminated best operating practices; and coordinated security and management activities of a large, worldwide, multi-cultural staff. In addition, Carlon has an extensive investigative background including national and international experience with fraud, counterfeit deterrence, intelligence, and forgery.

Prior to joining the private sector, Carlon spent 20 years with the United States Secret Service. His public sector career culminated in an assignment as Assistant Director of Protective Research, which included managing the intelligence, technical security, and information management functions. In that position, he directed activities of up to 400 technical specialists and expert professionals to maintain security at top-level installations, including the White House. He served as an expert witness before Congressional committees in both Houses, testifying on subjects such as currency design, counterfeit deterrence, and credit card fraud. In 1987, Carlon was conferred the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive.

Carlon received his undergraduate degree in Police Science and Administration from California State University in 1967. He received a master’s degree in security management/crime in commerce from George Washington University in 1986, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching graduate courses in contemporary law enforcement issues, including international and transnational terrorism.

Carlon is a long-term member, and served on the board of directors, of the International Security Management Association (ISMA).

As a founding Emeritus Faculty of the Security Executive Council, Carlon serves as a content expert for Council product/content development.

“The Security Executive Council provides a unique opportunity for meaningful public and private sector dialogue. The development of products will allow security leadership to devise effective strategies to deal with increasingly complex security issues in a dynamic threat environment.”

Areas of expertise:

• Global security management with concentration in the oil and energy industry

• Distance learning and leadership development

• Application and utilization of technical security measures

• Executive, employee and facilities protection

• Investigative coordination with federal, state and international government

• Security organizational design

In Their Own Words

Watch Joe Carlon discuss how he was able to drive a new risk management framework throughout ExxonMobil: http://www.securityinfowatch.com/video/12220825/the-fallacy-of-a-checklist-approach-to-security