The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm based in Washington, DC that provides business strategy, risk management and merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory services, announced on December 16 that Dr. Jerome Hauer, a leading expert in emergency management and crisis planning, has joined the Firm as a Principal within the Security Services practice.
“Dr. Hauer brings incredible experience and expertise in homeland security, emergency planning and risk management,” said Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group. “His unparalleled experience during a crisis, trusted leadership, and tailored approach to assessing risk, identifying control measures, building preparedness and emergency operations programs and overall risk communication will no doubt be of great value to our clients.”
Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Dr. Hauer served as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for the State of New York, which oversaw the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications. He also served as the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism. The Division was responsible for helping to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters throughout New York State.
Dr. Hauer has a long record of service in the areas of homeland security, emergency management, and medical and public health planning. In 2002, Dr. Hauer served as the first Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During his tenure, Dr. Hauer was responsible for coordinating the country’s medical and public health preparedness and response to national emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism. Previously, he served as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management during the events of September 11, 2001 and the nation’s anthrax crisis.
“The Chertoff Group helps clients identify and put in place the necessary tools and procedures that will help build more resilient organizations based on the objectives and operational capability of the business,” said Jayson Ahern, Principal and Head of the Security Services Practice at The Chertoff Group. “Dr. Hauer’s proactive approaches in helping organizations – from executive leaders to front line personnel –plan for, respond to and recover from a broad array of threats and crises will certainly be of value.”
In 1996, Dr. Hauer was named the first Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of New York where he coordinated the city’s planning for and response to natural and man-made events, including acts of terrorism. Other previous positions include Executive Director of the State of Indiana’s Emergency Management Agency and Deputy Director for Emergency Management for the City of New York’s Emergency Medical Services.
“I am honored to be joining The Chertoff Group where my experience working with public and private stakeholders across critical security and emergency management can be applied to the firm’s clientele as they seek to mitigate risk and address their security concerns,” said Dr. Hauer.
Dr. Hauer was awarded a Ph.D. from Cranfield University at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom in 2012 and holds a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He is currently a visiting Professor at Georgetown University, teaching a course on Chemical, Biological, and Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism, and a visiting Professor at Cranfield University at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom.
Source: The Chertoff Group