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Michael A. Burns

Michael Burns' entire 35-year career has been in business management specializing in corporate safety and security. Most recently he served as Director of Security for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation where his responsibilities included physical, technical, executive and information security as well as meeting security, background screening and compliance with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) and plant security. He managed a departmental budget exceeding $10 million and a staff of 20 plus and additional 60 contract personnel. He developed numerous and varied request for proposals to engage outside firms for security services, projects and operations, such as contract guard force services, lock and key, technical security, background screening, consulting services, and investigating and meeting security.

Burns' professional career began at Union Carbide Corporation with responsibilities in health, safety, environmental and security. He became its Director of Security with worldwide responsibility. He developed policies and procedures for new corporate ventures in Malaysia and Kuwait and assisted with the implementation on site in those countries. He also worked with the Overseas Security Advisory Council and local Embassy's to develop safety and security procedures for the expatriates living and working overseas.

Burns has overseen , directed and monitored investigations in many parts of the world including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, and Argentina utilizing local police and investigators in a varied of cases including fraud and embezzlement.

Burns holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in business management. He is Board Certified by the American Society of Industrial Security as a CPP (Certified Protection Professional).A past chairman of local Chapters of ASIS, the American Red Cross and he has also served on the Board of a Community Association.

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