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Overseas Security Advisory Council
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Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) The OSAC "Council" comprises 31 private sector and 3 public sector member organizations that represent specific industries or agencies operating abroad. The member organizations designate representatives to serve on the Overseas Security Advisory Council to provide direction and guidance to develop programs that most benefit the U.S. private sector overseas. A primary goal of OSAC is to develop an effective security communication network, consequently, OSAC invited all U.S. businesses, academia, faith-based groups, and non-governmental organizations to become members. There is no cost involved with OSAC membership.


The Council is established under authority of the Secretary of State pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 2656 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., and its regulations, 41 C.F.R. Part 102-3. The approval of OSAC’s Charter by the Under Secretary for Management constitutes a determination by the Secretary of State that the activities of the Council are determined to be in the public interest and directly related to overseas security functions of the Department of State.


The increase in terrorism over the last 35 years and the continuing threat against U.S. interests overseas has forced many American companies to seek advice and assistance from the U.S. Government, particularly the Department of State. In 1985, a handful of chief executive officers from prominent American companies met with then Secretary of State George P. Shultz to promote cooperation between the American private sector worldwide and the U.S. Government on security issues. The subsequent establishment of the Overseas Security Advisory Council has developed into an enormously successful joint venture. Today, over 5500 U.S. companies, educational institutions, faith-based institutions, and non-governmental organizations with more than 22,100 users are OSAC members. OSAC provides a forum for sharing best practices and provides the tools needed to cope with today’s ever-changing challenges and security-related issues abroad.

OSAC: A Public/Private Sector Partnership

Private sector member organizations selected from OSAC’s constituency normally serve for two to six-year terms. Representatives of the member organizations meet quarterly and participate in sub-committees tasked with specific projects, such as the protection of business information and mitigating the effects from technical crime. Under OSAC leadership, annual goals and objectives are discussed, evaluated, and assigned to the appropriate sub-committees for further recommendations. The strategic plan is reviewed annually to keep the goals and objectives of the Council up-to-date with the evolving priorities of the constituency. The Council is chaired by the Department of State’s Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and co-chaired by a selected representative of the private sector. The OSAC "Council" leads the organization and sets its strategic direction, goals and objectives. This structure ensures the goals recommended by the private sector with public sector support.
Information is shared with the private sector through five principal means: OSAC the “Council,” the Program Office Staff, Country Chapters, Common Interest Committee Working Groups, Regional Committees, and the OSAC website. 
Current OSAC Council members (effective April 15, 2019):
  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • Ball Corporation
  • Boeing Corporation
  • Brigham Young University
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Chemonics International Inc.
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Deere & Company
  • Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • First Data Corporation
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • International SOS Assistance
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Phillips 66 Company
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Rotary International
  • Samaritan’s Purse International Relief
  • Sony Corporation of America
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Under Armour, Inc.
  • United Airlines, Inc.
  • Visa Inc.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • U.S. Agency for Internatiopnal Development
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of State
The current OSAC sub-committee assignments and mission statements outlined below.

Executive Working Group

Executive Working Group mission statement is to provide leadership and strategic direction for the OSAC Council and sub-committee initiatives by advising and overseeing the successful completion of initiatives to advance the OSAC mission.

COUNCIL CHAIR Chris Schurman, Director, Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, COUNCIL CO-CHAIR Sandy Cowie, Director – Global Security and Business Continuity, Principal Financial Group Grant Ashley, Vice President, Global Security, Merck & Co., Inc. Claude Nebel, Vice President and Director, Global Security, Cargill Incorporated Pete Short, Director, Corporate Security, Ball Corporation

Sub-Committee for Outreach

Sub-Committee for Outreach mission is to promote and enhance OSAC’s effectiveness by broadening and deepening engagement with members, and sustaining public-private security information networks.

CHAIR Christina Johnson, Director, Global Safety and Security, Chemonics International Inc. Jerome Holloway, Director, Office of Administrative Services, U.S. Department of Commerce Mary Rose McCaffrey, Vice President, Security, Northrop Grumman Corporation Landes Holbrook , Senior Manager Global Security, Health & Safety, Office of the Vice President, Brigham Young University Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Information Services and Operations, Rotary International Jeff Chisholm Director, Global Security Operations, Deere & Company Fred Bealefield, Chief Security Officer, Under Armour, Inc. Cheryl Steele, Vice President, Strategic Security & Aviation, The Coca-Cola Company Jose Freig, Managing Director, Corporate Security, American Airlines, Inc.

Sub-Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets

Sub-Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets has a mission to provide guidance and resources to OSAC members via multi-format platforms on avoiding and mitigating current and emerging personnel and asset threats.

CHAIR Don Hill, Head of Global Security and Safety, VISA Inc. Dave Komendat, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, the Boeing Company John Voorhees, Director of Security, U.S. Agency for International Development Erik Antons, Vice President, Global Security. Hyatt Hotels Corporation Jamie Gough, Vice President of Security, Samaritan’s Purse International Refief Matt Weilhamer, Director, Global Integrated Service Security, Cummins Inc. Tom Powers, Vice President Corporate Security, Iron Mountain Incorporated John Rendeiro, Vice President, Global Security Intelligence, International SOS Assistance Stephen Saflin, Global Security Manager, Phillips 66 Company

Sub-Committee on Technical Threats and Risk

Sub-Committee on Technical Threats and Risk will provide timely guidance and resources to OSAC members via multi-format platforms on avoiding and mitigating current and emerging technical threats.

CHAIR Kevin Friker, Global Security Director, Mars, Incorporated Patrick Hawk, Vice President, Global Safety and Security, Discovery Communications Scott Sheafe, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, PepsiCo, Inc. Marcelo Rodriguez, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Sony Corporation of America Greg Wurm, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Anthem, Inc. Kelly Johnstone, Vice President, Strategic Security & Aviation, the Coca-Cola Company Danny Holtsclaw, Director of Risk and Insurance, Wildlife Conservation Society Nick Lovrien, Chief Global Security Officer, Facebook, Inc. Dan Mullin, Chief Security Officer, First Data Corporation

OSAC Executive Office

The Executive Office is comprised of a staff of thirty-two, including two senior Special Agents from the Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) who act as the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, a senior advisor, program specialist, two executive assistants, and the OSAC Program Office .

OSAC's Commitment

The Overseas Security Advisory Council is committed to providing the American private sector with customer service of the highest standard. Since OSAC is a joint venture with the private sector, we strive to maintain standards equal to or surpassing those provided by private industry. OSAC activities directly correspond to requests from the private sector.

OSAC has received exceptional support for its initiatives from the chief executive officers and corporate security directors of many of the largest international organizations in the United States. The State Department and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security recognize the need in OSAC’s goal to support the U.S. private sector by continuing to develop an effective and cost-efficient security information and communication network that will provide the private sector with the tools needed to cope with security-related issues in the foreign environment. OSAC’s unique charter and continued success serve as an example of the benefits of mutual cooperation.

For more information on the Federal Advisory Committees (FACA) go to the General Services Administration website at https://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21242.


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