With over 33 years of experience, Charles White has an established record of helping organizations achieve security excellence by transforming their risk mitigation programs into business enablers. Through threat and vulnerability assessment, he builds risk management solutions in order to mitigate risks to clients’ employees, assets and reputation and expertly implements these solutions from strategy through execution.
As a senior security expert, Charles designs and delivers risk management strategies for clients. In his role as Director of Strategic Threat Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services, he led the company’s physical security practice and performed Corporate Security Program assessments for its clients that included executive protection, insider threat, facility security, supply chain integrity, third-party due diligence and travel and workplace safety. He also led Facility Threat and Vulnerability Assessments for clients that included access control, intrusion detection, video surveillance, visitor and vendor management, and technical security countermeasures.
Charles’ 27-year career with the U.S. Secret Service included international assignments in Moscow, Russia and Bonn, Germany. He served as the U.S. Secret Service’s first representative to the former Soviet Union and established the agency’s permanent presence in Russia. In addition, he initiated and developed working relationships with the security services, central banks and interior ministries of the 15-nation Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as Austria, Germany and Poland. Charles also directed major transnational investigations ranging in scope from electronic crimes to terrorism.
As the Special Agent in Charge at the Office of Administration in Washington, D.C., Charles worked with the Chief Financial Officer to formulate, justify to Congress and execute a $1.2 billion budget. He also collaborated with the Chief Procurement Officer for large procurement actions for vehicles, communications and weapons systems.
While serving as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the San Francisco Field Office, Charles planned, directed and implemented Secret Service initiatives and operations across Northern and Central California. In addition, he managed the training and executive development of a staff of 90 special agents, administrative, professional and technical support personnel at a large field office and three satellite offices.
Charles also served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD) where he was responsible for the safety and security of former President George W. Bush. In advance of combat operations in Iraq in 2003, Charles supervised a comprehensive review and enhancements to the White House Emergency Actions Plan. Furthermore, Charles planned and successfully executed former President Bush’s unannounced visit to Baghdad on Thanksgiving Day. During 2002, Charles directed all security for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill and accompanied him to 27 countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Charles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is fluent in French, German and Russian.