Michael Hershman

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(businessman, spook)
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Founder ofTransparency International
Interests“terrorism”

Michael Hershman is, according to his biography, "an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance and security"[1].

Career

In 1993 Hershman, with Peter Eigen, founded Transparency International (TI), which is described on its website as "the largest independent, not-for-profit coalition promoting transparency and accountability in business and in government"[2][3].

According to his biographies:

Mr. Hershman began his career in intelligence and investigations in Europe during the late 1960s as a Special Agent with U.S. Military Intelligence, specializing in counter-terrorism. After leaving the military, he moved to investigations of government corruption and financial fraud for the New York State Attorney General's Office and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.
Later, he served as a Senior Staff Investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee and as Chief Investigator for a joint Presidential and Congressional commission reviewing state and federal laws on wiretapping and electronic surveillance. After the wiretap commission hearings, Mr. Hershman joined the Federal Election Commission, where as Chief Investigator and Director of Security he was responsible for audits and investigations of candidates and their campaign committees.[4]
Hershman serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber Foundation and is a Member of the U.S. Chamber Homeland Security Policy Group and the Coalition against Counterfeiting and Piracy. He is also Chairman of the Board of Advisors of INFRAGARD, an FBI program which links with the private sector for information exchange on homeland security issues.[5]

Businesses

Fairfax Group

Hershman is president and CEO of the Fairfax Group, a company formed from the 1997 merger of the private investigation companies Decision Strategies International and the Fairfax Group Ltd.[6][7]

Civitas

Full article: Civitas

In 2003 Hershman launched the Civitas Group, "a new consulting firm that will offer a full range of advisory services to private sector and government clients in the homeland security field"[8]. Civitas is a joint venture between Stonebridge International LLC and BKSH & Associates (a part of the Burson-Marsteller 'family'), and a WPP operating company.[9]

Stonebridge International

Full article: Stonebridge International

A Stonebridge International press release states:

Stonebridge International LLC is a Washington-based global strategy firm, helping U.S. and multinational companies shape and execute results-oriented strategies to solve problems and seize business opportunities worldwide. Stonebridge Chairman Samuel R. Berger, former U.S. National Security Advisor, has unparalleled experience with today’s foreign governments and corporate leaders and, together with Stonebridge President Anthony S. Harrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, has assembled leading regional and country experts to create winning business strategies. The Stonebridge Board of Advisors, led by Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. Trade Representative (1985-88) and Secretary of Agriculture (1989-1991), also works closely with the firm and brings significant high-level expertise in solving complex international problems.[10]

Hershman is chairman of Allegent Technology Group, which provides "information security solutions worldwide".[11]


References

  1. "Michael J. Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group", Michael J. Hershman website, accessed February 2009.
  2. "Committee members", Transparency International website, accessed February 2009.
  3. "Michael J. Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group", Michael J. Hershman website, accessed February 2009.
  4. "Michael J. Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group", Michael J. Hershman website, accessed February 2009.
  5. "Committee Members", Transparency International website, accessed February 2009.
  6. "Decision Strategies and Fairfax Group Plan Merger", The New York Times, 20 August 1997, accessed February 2009.
  7. "History of Fairfax" Fairfax Group website, accessed February 2009.
  8. "Security veteran Michael J. Hershman to head new homeland security advisory firm", WPP, 18 July 2003, accessed February 2009.
  9. "Security veteran Michael J. Hershman to head new homeland security advisory firm", WPP, 18 July 2003, accessed February 2009.
  10. "Security veteran Michael J. Hershman to head new homeland security advisory", press release, 17 July 2002, Stonebridge International website, accessed February 2009.
  11. "Allegent Technology Group, Inc., Acquires Solvent Software Solutions, Inc.", RedOrbit.com, 26 February 2004, accessed February 2009.