Dave Komendat

Dave Komendat is the vice president and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for The Boeing Company. In this role, he leads the Security & Fire Protection (S&FP) organization comprised of more than 2,000 people including contracted personnel to provide risk management services and standards to protect people, property and information across the enterprise

As CSO, he is the Boeing interface for both national and international security policy engagement with government and industry advisory groups to include the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council; Overseas Security Advisory Council and the National Counterintelligence Working Group. Dave is the past Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Manufacturing Leadership Council and currently represents Boeing as the private sector Co-Chairman on the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a partnership comprised of the FBI, DHS and members of the private sector formed to enhance communication and promote the timely and effective exchange of information focused on keeping the nation's critical infrastructure safe, secure and resilient.  Dave also holds board leadership roles within The International Security Management Association, Hostage US and the International Security Foundation.

Dave graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice specializing in industrial security. He joined McDonnell Douglas as an Industrial Security Specialist in 1986. Komendat also is a graduate of the executive development program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in May 2005.

“Having the opportunity to support HostageUS and the exceptional work they accomplish supporting the families of loved ones who have been kidnapped is an honor and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to help”