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David Kent

Council Board of Advisors, Security Executive Council

David Kent is Vice President of Global Risk, Genzyme Corporation.

Genzyme is a patient-focused global biopharmaceutical and health care products company with worldwide operations. The company performs leading edge research and development in traditional and bio-based therapeutic manufacturing, bio-surgery products, autologous cell services and genetic testing. Mr. Kent is responsible for the design and management of Genzyme’s business-aligned global risk program. This unified team includes Physical, Information, IT, Product and Supply Chain Security, Business Continuity, Risk Management,Competitive and Technical Intelligence and Crisis Management.

Mr. Kent specializes in developing and managing operational risk-based programs for innovative and controversial products, services and businesses. Prior to Genzyme, he was employed as a Security Manager for Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc., a pioneering defense consulting and data communications company credited with founding Internet technology. He has 30 years of experience aligning security with business.

Mr. Kent was the first security professional on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Biomedical Research and currently serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Research. He is the founding chairman for both the International Biotechnology Industries Organization’s Security Committee and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Security Committee. He consults, develops and coordinates security plans for international biotechnology trade meetings and serves as a pro-bono security consultant to start-up and small biotech companies.

Active in international professional associations and public/private partnership security initiatives, Mr. Kent received CSO Magazine’s 2006 Compass Award for visionary leadership in the Security Field. He is a frequent speaker on organizational security and holds a Master’s degree in Management from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.