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Michael Mason

Michael
Mason

Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer
Verizon Communications
Michael A. Mason joined Verizon in January 2008 as the company’s Chief Security Officer. He oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise-wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security, legal compliance, investigations and law enforcement matters. In 2014, Mr. Mason was recognized by Security 500 Magazine as one of 2014’s Most Influential Security Executives.
Immediately prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch. In 2004, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (awarded to the top 5% of federal government executives). He began his career as a Special Agent working investigations ranging from undercover narcotics cases to general crimes and public corruption. Mr. Mason was the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest field office.

Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1985 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2006 he was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies at his alma mater, during which he received and honorary Doctoral Degree. In 2007, Mason was recognized as Distinguished Alumni of the Year and currently sits on the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.

Mr. Mason was born and raised in the city of Chicago and is the proud father of two sons, one a Washington State Patrol trooper and the other a 1st lieutenant in the US Marine Corps.