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Dave Komendat

Board of Visionary Leaders Member, Security Executive Council

Dave Komendat is the vice president and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for The Boeing Company. In this role, he leads the Security & Fire Protection (S&FP) organization of more than 2000 people including contracted personnel to provide risk management services and standards to protect people, property, and information across the enterprise. He is responsible for functional guidance and governance oversight for Boeing's global security and fire protection policy and procedures, site security, supply chain security, structural and aircraft fire protection, government and proprietary information security, data protection and security background investigations. Additionally, his organization is responsible for incorporating Business Continuity principles in critical business areas throughout the enterprise as well as lead and oversee emergency and disaster preparedness, international security, crisis management, counterintelligence/counterterrorism & insider threat programs; threat management, security technical operations, and executive protection.

As CSO, he is the Boeing interface for both national and international security policy engagement with government and industry advisory groups to include the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council; Overseas Security Advisory Council and the National Counterintelligence Working Group. He served as Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Manufacturing Leadership Council and represents Boeing on the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) Executive Committee, a partnership comprised of the FBI, DHS and members of the private sector formed to enhance communication and promote the timely and effective exchange of information focused on keeping the nation's critical infrastructure safe, secure and resilient.

Dave has held a variety of leadership positions at Boeing and McDonnell- Douglas. He held a succession of leadership roles including Security Operations manager for the C-17 Program and Site Security manager positions for U.S. Sea Launch in Long Beach, Calif., and Boeing sites in the Seattle area following the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger of 1997. In 2001, he became the director of Security for the new Boeing World Headquarters located in Chicago. He was named director of overall Security Integration in 2005 while also assuming the role of acting vice president of SSG Operations where he had enterprise responsibility for Security & Fire Protection, Employee Health and Safety, Frequency Management and Business Continuity.

Komendat graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice specializing in industrial security. He joined McDonnell Douglas as an Industrial Security Specialist in 1986. Komendat also is a graduate of the executive development program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in May 2005.