March 29, 2018 – The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, has helped to place Timothy J. Healy as director of national security for Buchanan & Edwards, an information technology consulting company. Principal Tim Ward conducted the search.
Mr. Healy, a Marine Corps veteran who served in various roles with the FBI for more than 25 years, brings to his new role insight into federal law enforcement and defense environments as well as expertise in cybersecurity, intelligence, counterterrorism, and federal and international law enforcement. He is charged with growing Buchanan & Edwards’ customer relationships within the law enforcement, homeland security and defense markets.
“We are excited to have Tim join our team in this important new role to lead growth for our company in all areas of national security,” said Dennis Kelly, president and CEO of Buchanan & Edwards. “We are confident that Tim’s extensive career experience and overall knowledge of security and operations will help further our support of federal customers throughout the national security community.”
A Prestigious Career
Mr. Healy has more than 35 years of experience in the federal government and government contracting industries. His FBI career began as a special agent and advanced to roles that included deputy assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence and director of the Terrorist Screening Center.
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Prior to joining Buchanan & Edwards, Mr. Healy was president of Ikun, a Herndon, VA-based government contractor. Its clients include the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement and intelligence communities. Ikun provides support in the areas of security strategy, operations, logistics, information technology and cybersecurity.
Among his honors, Mr. Healy received the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Information Management and the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.
Buchanan & Edwards, founded in 1998, is based in Arlington. The company serves the civilian, defense, intelligence and law enforcement markets, delivering expertise in data analytics, cyber intelligence, operations support, cloud migration and digital services.
Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, The McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment, human resources strategic planning and consulting, compensation studies and surveys, management succession consulting and restructuring, and outplacement consulting.
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Mr. Ward specializes in placing operations, technology and business development executives across the government services industry with a focus on aerospace, defense, national security & intelligence community, federal civilian and research and development. Over the past 18 years, he has helped build the McCormick Group’s national government services practice by forging deep connections with industry experts and leading companies.
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The hunt for seasoned cybersecurity talent has seen a dramatic increase in the last two to three years, according to a special issue of search industry newsletter ESR devoted to cybersecurity. According to the Hunt Scanlon Media report, the need for cybersecurity executives reaches across virtually all industries.
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Demand is growing, according to recruiters who identify talent in the space, just as risk and security executives are being elevated to the C-suite – turning security breaches into a C-suite problem. This convergence is the result of what is now a highly visible leadership need as well as a strategic imperative for every company.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media