Global Conference 2010
President and CEO, Ridge Global LLC; former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Tom Ridge is President and CEO of Ridge Global LLC, a consulting firm that helps businesses and governments address issues of risk management, global trade security, strategic business generation, event security, crisis management and other issues that encompass a diverse portfolio. Ridge became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, serving until February 2005. He was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania, from 1995 to 2001; and was elected to Congress in 1982, then overwhelmingly re-elected five times. An Army veteran, he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam. He currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and other entities; is chairman of the National Organization on Disability; and national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign. Ridge graduated from Harvard University and holds a law degree from The Dickinson School of Law.