Homeland Security & Defense Business Council Announces New President, CEO

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (Council) today announced the hiring of Marc Pearl as its new President and CEO. The Council's program, involving the senior leadership of companies that offer homeland security solutions, is focused on promoting private sector thought leadership and building a strong policy link to/with public sector leaders and officials in achieving the vision and mission for homeland security.

"We are delighted to have Marc Pearl as our new President and CEO. Marc's experience, knowledge and enthusiasm will be essential for the future growth and success of the Council," said Greg Pellegrino , the Council's Chairman and Managing Director, Global Public Sector, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. "The current election season, the transition to a new administration and Congress, and the need to ensure that homeland security remains a top policy priority for our nation, will make Marc's tenure and the Council's programs that much more important throughout 2008 and the years to come."

Pearl previously was principal and chairman of IT Policy Solutions, which he founded in 2003 and has recently been serving as executive director of the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition. He has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for nearly three decades, focusing his public policy and government relations expertise on technology and cyber security policy for more than a dozen years. Marc's clients have included a wide range of Fortune 100 companies and CEO-led associations in all critical economic and infrastructure sectors.

"I look forward to this new opportunity to promote the role of industry in achieving the vision and mission for homeland security across both the public and the private sectors in the United States and globally," Pearl said. "The Council, due in a large part to its senior leadership involvement, is uniquely positioned to serve as the voice of private sector solution providers and bridge to public sector policy leaders in the homeland security domain space."

Prior to forming ITPS, Pearl was a partner and led the e-commerce policy practice group at the international law firm, Shaw Pittman LLP. He was general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs at the Information Technology Association of America, one of the nation's largest and most respected digital economy industry trade associations; and served as chief of staff and legislative counsel to Members of Congress, including former Rep. Dan Glickman .

Pearl has helped form and led coalitions that passed Y2K millennium bug liability legislation, digital authentication and e-commerce transaction jurisdiction laws. He recently helped form the DTV Transition Coalition. He has represented the private sector on U.S. government delegations at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Pearl's grasp of the global, federal and state/local policy issues important to industry and his non-partisan, substantive approach to policymaking have made him an invaluable resource to clients and a trusted advisor to numerous decision makers. He is widely recognized and respected in the Washington, D.C. policymaking community; Congressional Quarterly named him one of the "Ten Leading IT Lobbyists."

Pearl graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. He has been married to Gwen Enfield Pearl, a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years. They have two grown sons.

About the Council

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization, has, for over three years, promoted the importance of the private sector in achieving the vision and mission for homeland security. To achieve this vision, the Council brings together the best and brightest senior leaders in the private and public sector through industry forums and other substantive activities that help to advance thought leadership, future policy, and best practices to advance the homeland security of the nation and the American people. The Council consists of those who share primary responsibility for each member company's homeland security-related activities. To learn more about the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, please visit our website at http://www.homelandcouncil.org.

SOURCE The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council