Ashley “Skip” Williams is a multi-disciplined security executive with 48 years of experience in strategic planning, systems development, and program deployment; a creative team player who builds upon consensus, understands the need to operate within budget, and has extensive international experience working with foreign officials and the diplomatic community. He serves on Soteria Intelligence’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Williams is experienced in leading organizations through change, matching services to the priorities of an organization and balancing the need for security with the customer’s requirements. He is highly qualified in business communications, development of best practices, incident management, and information security. His work has taken him to over 80 countries on 6 continents, in many of which he worked directly with senior foreign diplomats and government leaders.
Having retired as a Senior Executive (SES) with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Air Marshal Service and prior to that as a Senior Executive with the U.S. Secret Service, he has been a Director and Vice President of Global Security for multinational corporations Halliburton/Brown & Root and Texas Instruments.
Mr. Williams’ 48-year career in security began in 1965 as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service during which time he was assigned to both the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective Divisions; the Intelligence Division and to the Newark, Washington, San Diego and Los Angeles Field Offices. His duties included executive protection, investigations, and the management of foreign intelligence responsibilities for the Secret Service where he worked directly with US and foreign intelligence agencies. He also served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury for Secret Service Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Director for Training.
Mr. Williams, who was first appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1982, retired from the Secret Service as Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office in 1985 where, in addition to normal duties, he managed the Secret Service participation in the planning for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and represented the White House interests at the request of the President’s staff.
He has been employed as Director for Global Security, Halliburton/Brown & Root (H/BR) and subsequently as Vice President, Global Security with Texas Instruments. His duties with H/BR focused on the security of executives, proprietary information and personnel assigned to operations in foreign countries including those in the Casanare oil fields of Columbia, in the Sahara in Algeria, and in Somalia during the US/UN intervention.
With Texas Instruments, he was responsible for the development of the corporate crisis management and recovery plans as well as the protection of its executives, its property and aircraft and, in conjunction with the IT department, the protection of proprietary information. In both H/BR and TI, Mr. Williams continued to work closely with US intelligence agencies.
Mr. Williams returned to government with the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Executive and Federal Security Director following the September 11, 2001 attacks, was promoted to Area Director and then appointed as Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Air Marshal Service’s Los Angeles Field Office where he directed Air Marshal and counter-terrorist activities related to all modes of transportation in California and the Pacific Islands.
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science and of the Federal Executive Institute’s Senior Executive Education Program. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Certifications or Memberships
- Federal Execitive Insitute, Senior Executive Education Program
- Private Investigator’s License. State of California
- President – International Electronics Security Group, 1998
- President – Chief Special Agents Association of Southern California – 1994
- Chairman Transnational Crime Committee – US State Dept. Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
- Director – Houston Crime Stoppers – 1992 – 1995
- Director – Dallas Area Crime Commission – 1995 – 2000
- Chairman – Security Committee, Dallas 2012 Olympic Bid Commission
- Member – International Association Chiefs of Police – thru 2012
- Member – International Security Management Association – thru 2002