The Global Center on Cooperative Security, a nonprofit organization that works to achieve lasting security by addressing the root causes of violent extremism, is pleased to announce the appointment of David McGowan as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

David McGowan is the Vice President, Corporate Security Executive and Head of National Security Services at Kaiser Permanente. As Kaiser Permanente’s senior security executive, he is responsible for the full service and delivery of the organization’s physical security functions including technology, guard force management, asset protection, investigations, and executive protection, as well as security standard operating procedures for Kaiser’s diverse health maintenance and delivery channels. He was formerly the Vice President, Global Protection Services at Tiffany & Co, and the President of the Board of Directors of the International Security Management Association, a global association of corporate chief security officers. David joined the Global Center’s Board of Directors in September 2020 and is succeeding Rachel Briggs OBE as Board Chair.

“As the new Chair of the Global Center’s Board, one of my top goals is to provide our team with additional capacity and resources to do more of the amazing work around the world by strengthening corporate, small business, and other types of partnerships given how both violent extremism and measures to combat it negatively affect business environments. I am humbled and excited to lead this effort and to work closely with our partners to protect human rights, strengthen the safety and resilience of communities, and direct our hopes and ambitions toward a better world.” -David McGowan

“I’m so thrilled to hand the Chair role to David McGowan, a leader with the vision, skills, and network to steer the Global Center through its next phase of growth and development. Eighteen years since the organization’s establishment, our mission has never been more important.” -Rachel Briggs OBE

The Global Center was born out of a recognition that effectively addressing violent extremism requires innovative approaches that are equitable, non-violent, and shaped by those who are most affected by violence and injustice. Since its founding in 2004, the organization has delivered hundreds of projects in more than 50 countries, working with thousands of government, private sector, and civil society partners.

You can read the official press release about David's Board Chair announcement here.

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