Creating a Successful Crisis & BCP Program – Strategies for Success Beyond the Plan

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Presented By:

Robert Burton & Whit Chaiybhat


Whit Chaiyabhat offers his tips for building a successful crisis management and business continuity program. He will share some of his lessons learned in building programs in multiple organizations and industries with varying risk appetites.  The focus of the presentation will include the strategy considerations critical in building a strong program foundation prior to and after putting “pen to paper” for your crisis plans.

About the guest:

Whit Chaiyabhat, MBCI, CBCP, CEM, CPP

Whit is a senior risk leader with 20 years in crisis/emergency management, business continuity, global security, environmental health and safety, risk management, intelligence analysis, behavioral threat assessment and U.S. national security programs. He has led the design and management of 20+ programs and has had C-suite and Board-level engagements in a number of those positions.  His experiences span various industries and risk cultures including Fortune 500, Aerospace/Defense, U.S. Government and Intelligence Community agencies, K-12 and higher education institutions and campuses, global operation centers (FBI) and other highly secure government locations.

He is currently FM Global’s first dedicated corporate physical security and crisis management leader for the enterprise. In that role, he is designing (strategic), managing and operating (tactical) internal corporate physical security and crisis programs worldwide, including policies, procedures, processes, systems, technologies and third-party partnerships.

Whit has been recognized by and received professional awards from DHS/FEMA, ASIS International, Security 500, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Campus Safety Magazine and Security Director News, including being named:

  • America’s “Top 20 Under 40″​ by Security Director News (2012)
  • ASIS Phoenix Chapter’s Security Professional of the Year (2015)
  • Security Magazine’s “Security 500” list of global security leaders (2018)
His prior U.S. national security roles include service as an FBI Security Specialist (Protective Intelligence) & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.  Whit had the honor of serving in FBI crisis management, national security and classified Continuity of Government (COG) roles with direct inter-agency partnerships including the White House Military Office, DHS/FEMA, ODNI, CIA and U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).  Whit was one of only three FBI staff who were permanently stationed and managed the FBI Remote Strategic Operations Center (RSOC), while serving as members of top-secret U.S. interagency COG crisis teams.

Whit also served as the FBI’s Protective Intelligence Threat Assessment Program Manager. He partnered with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), FBI Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Divisions, U.S. Intelligence Community and international law enforcement agencies regarding assessment of threats to the U.S. Attorney General, FBI Director, their Deputies and family members, in addition to supporting case agents involved in threatening behavior situations.

His private sector experiences include serving in VP, Director and Manager positions with Raytheon Missile Systems, Washington National Cathedral, Georgetown University and FM Global.  Whit has also maintained various consulting roles with Booz Allen, SAIC National Security Group and Eagle Security Group in Washington D.C.  He is also active in several industry associations and committees.

Academic & Professional Credentials
B.S. Occupational Safety & Health, Illinois State University
Graduate Certificate, Crisis & Emergency Management, The George Washington University
M.A. Applied Intelligence Analysis & Data Sciences (Anticipated 2020), Mercyhurst University
M.A. Security Management, Webster University
M.Sc. Systems Engineering (Focus in Crisis, Disaster & Risk Mgmt.), The George Washington University
Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management
Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)
Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)
Member of Business Continuity Institute (MBCI)



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