Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Chertoff Group; Former Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security
Michael Chertoff is co-founder and managing principal of Chertoff Group, a consultancy that provides strategic counsel on a broad range of security issues. Chertoff served as secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, and led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. Before heading up Homeland Security, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud, and terrorism, including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.