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Executive Protection and Travel Security in Large Corporations

There are many complex areas to cover in order to achieve a safe traveller program in large organizations. Apart from the obvious duty of care obligations, employees must understand the process and must be appropriately briefed on the dangers of their destination and they must be approved for travel. This presentation will focus on 3 key areas to ensure that corporations can have a level of assurance that they are meeting their legal obligations and keeping their travellers safe. 1. The importance of and ability to track the whereabouts of employees (including when they make changes to their travel). 2. Pre travel briefings for medium and high risk countries to educate travellers of the dangers of their destination. 3. Emergency assistance for travellers while abroad.


Mr Todd Smithson, Chief Security Officer, Thales, Australia

Todd Smithson is Thales Australia and New Zealand’s Chief Security Officer and Technology Control Manager as well as Regional Security Manager for South Asia Pacific for the Thales Group. He has extensive experience in the area of Security policy, development and implementation. At Thales Todd is in charge of the operational security of the company whilst ensuring compliance with the required legal and regulatory obligations. In addition to this Todd is head of Technology Control ensuring compliance with US International Traffic in Arms Regulations and other export control frameworks. Todd is also responsible for the security and safety of Thales personnel in South Asia. Prior to Thales Todd enjoyed a successful career with the Australia government working as a Security and Accreditation manager with the Dept. of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a Senior Security Adviser for the Dept. of Defence.