Raymond T. O’Hara, CPP, has advanced to the presidency of ASIS International (ASIS), the largest organization for security management professionals worldwide. O’Hara is the executive vice president of International Services and the Consulting and Investigations (C&I) division of Andrews International. He is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of the organization’s worldwide C&I practice, a division of the company that delivers strategic enterprise initiatives and resource optimization. O’Hara joined ASIS in 1979.
“As 2011 president of ASIS, I look to harness and leverage the wealth of knowledge, expertise, and resources within the global security community to expand the Society’s IT security offerings, to mentor young professionals, to attract women to the profession, and to increase worldwide membership,” stated O’Hara. “It is a distinct privilege and a personal pleasure for me to be in a position to serve, to collaborate with, and to lead ASIS members as we work in unison to achieve the goals of the Society’s strategic plan in the year ahead.”
O’Hara is a risk vulnerability expert, with experience in analyzing and categorizing business vulnerabilities, homeland security initiatives, terrorism, and political threats. His career spans more than 30 years in law enforcement and security. After serving for a decade within the Los Angeles Police Department, he transitioned to corporate security. O’Hara held successive management positions within Weyerhaeuser Co. and GTE, where he was responsible for security programs involving the protection of employees and business operations. Prior to his current position, he led the consulting and investigations business for Garda World Security Corporation.
A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) since 1984, O’Hara has served on the ASIS Board of Directors for six years and is a member of the CSO Roundtable. Previously, he served for six years on the ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB), also fulfilling the role of its president. Other volunteer leadership positions during his membership tenure include chairmanship of the ASIS International Investigations Council and service on the Substance Abuse Council. He has been a featured speaker and lecturer at numerous ASIS professional development programs.
O’Hara resides in Palm Desert, CA with his wife, Christie.