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Mark Lex

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

Mark currently specializes in business programs and strategy development; strategic partnerships and alliances; and performing risk mitigation services to a wide range of large, mid, and small cap companies. Mark has worked as a business developer and consultant and continues to maintain an emeritus faculty status with the Security Executive Council (SEC), a research and advisory services firm. Specifically, Mark develops operational risk strategies and programs; authors articles for members and the security profession; and coaches Chief Security Officers.

Mark spent 15 years as the top security executive for several Fortune 500 organizations. Mark was the Director of Global Security for Abbott Labs; the Director of Safety and Security for W.W. Grainger Inc., and the Director of Corporate Security for Kraft Foods NA. Before joining the corporate ranks, Mark owned and operated several different investigative agencies and security officer companies in suburban Chicago. Mark is a former investigator with the Du Page County State’s Attorney in the Chicago area where he was assigned to the Special Prosecutions Unit.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement Administration and Political Science and received his Master’s Degree in Security Management from Webster University where he was named as a distinguished graduate. In 2004, Mark received a certificate from the Kellogg School of Management Executive Program for completing the ISMA-Senior Executive Leadership Program.

Mark is a Life Member of ISMA and served on the Technology and Professional Development committees while an active member. Mark has also been a member of ASIS since 1991 and has served as Chairman of the Council on Business Practices.

Mark was a charter member of the Conference Board Council of Corporate Security Executives and has served on a variety of industry-related Councils to include Chairman of the National Bio Pharmaceutical Security Council (NBSC) in 2006.

Mark has served on the Curriculum Advisory Boards for both Western Illinois University and the University of Phoenix and has taught security management courses as an adjunct graduate professor at Webster University.

In Their Own Words

Watch Mark Lex discuss security frameworks that address industry-specific risks: http://www.securityinfowatch.com/video/12226233/using-security-frameworks-that-address-industry-specific-risks