Head of President Trump’s and President Obama’s U.S. Secret Service  Protective Detail to Join Hillard Heintze

Michael White’s 26-Year Career Protecting the Last Five U.S. Presidents Will Prove Valuable to the Firm’s Extensive Private Client and Family Office Relationships

CHICAGO, IL, May 15, 2017– Today, Hillard Heintze announced that Michael White, the Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), will be joining the executive leadership team at Hillard Heintze. White will lead the firm’s Private Client and Family Office services. He is retiring from the U.S. Secret Service on May 31, 2017, after a 26-year career.

White’s exceptional track record includes responsibility for all security and protective measures for the U.S. President, First Lady, First Family and White House Complex. White has planned, designed and led the protective security operations for Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush 43, Clinton and Bush 41. White is recognized around the world as among the most experienced security experts at developing and executing executive protection plans and securing the nation’s most critical infrastructure, venues and events.

“There is no other security executive in the world,” says Arnette Heintze, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, “who brings the depth and breadth in expertise than Michael White has developed over his career. I have worked with and known Mike for the past 20 years, and I’m pleased to say this is a tremendously exciting time for all of us at Hillard Heintze – and especially for our clients and the private family offices we support around the world.”

As Special Agent in Charge of the PPD, White developed and executed a multi-million dollar budget and all protective programs for the PPD. He authorized, directed and implemented contingency plans and supervised the day-to-day intelligence stream on domestic and international threats to the President, the First Family and other protectees. He also enacted daily facility and operational plans to protect the First Family against internal and external threats, lone assailants, multiple attackers or explosive-laden vehicles and ensured presidential environments are protected against all risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

“I’ve been watching the growth of Hillard Heintze from afar for the last 13 years,” White says, “and I’ve been personally impressed with this firm’s stellar brand and reputation. The opportunity that Arnette and his team have extended me is very exciting to me and my family, and I am delighted to be a part of the Hillard Heintze team.”

Hillard Heintze’s Private Client and Family Office Services are dedicated exclusively to providing exceptional service and discrete, personal attention to individuals and their families and closest advisors on a wide range of security risk management, protective and investigative priorities. These include, for example, advisory counsel and support; security risk consulting; protective services; travel risk management; emergency preparedness and crisis management; due diligence and background screening; risk, threat and vulnerability assessment; threat assessment and management; covert investigation and surveillance; litigation support, fraud and internal investigations; social media intelligence and threat monitoring; family safety program design; family liaison with media and law enforcement; and information security.

In addition to leading the firm’s counsel and services for private clients and family offices, Michael White will be a significant contributor to the firm’s executive leadership and strategic direction immediately and in the future.


About Hillard Heintze

Hillard Heintze is one of the leading investigation and security risk management firms in the United States. The company helps protect people, performance, interests and reputations. The firm’s investigative, security, threat management and law enforcement consulting services provide insight, deliver assurance, and instill confidence among clients worldwide. Headquartered in Chicago, Hillard Heintze has operations throughout the United States, as well as operating capabilities across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia. For more information, visit www.hillardheintze.com.



Stephen Grant

Chief Communications Officer

Hillard Heintze