GM Risk Group
Chief Executive Officer
GM Risk Group CEO Shannon Sedgwick is a highly experienced risk consultant and media safety adviser with extensive experience in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, USA, and South East and Central Asia.
Shannon is regularly seen on national and international television programs and expert panels discussing journalist safety, national security, and terrorism and its effects on our society.
Chief Operating Officer
GM Risk Group Chief Operating Officer Doug Nicholson is a highly experienced security & risk management professional, with extensive experience in the Middle East, South East and Central Asia. Doug has managed complex operations during conflict and disasters, including managing 300+ personnel from 22 different nations in a remote conflict region with the United Nations during and post-disaster.
Doug holds an MBA, has conducted research into physiological and psychological responses during interpersonal human conflict, and has authored a number of articles on security and safety training and operations.
Operations Director Asia Pacific
GM Risk Group Operations Director for the Asia Pacific region Liam Ryan conducts international operations including high threat risk consultancy and safety training for clients such as media, corporate entities, NGOs, and oil/gas/mining corporations.
Liam has worked and trained throughout Eastern and Central Europe, North, Central and South Americas, including Rio, Columbia, Costa Rica and Mexico through South East Asia and the Middle East with recent deployments in Bangladesh, Turkey and Syria.
Operations Director USA
GM Risk Group Operations Director (USA) Alex Trafton has extensive experience in the Middle East conducting risk consultancy and training. Alex is also a current law enforcement officer and is the head instructor of Krav Maga San Diego. Alex is the senior instructor for all US based Global Media Risk courses.
Alex operated as a Krav Maga instructor teaching Krav Maga to elite units from the IDF as well as visiting elite units from foreign militaries. In addition to years of high level Krav Maga experience, he is multi-lingual and a Gracie Jiu Jitsu law enforcement instructor and an NRA certified range safety officer.
He holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies from UC Berkeley, and is completing his MA in Government and Counter Terrorism..
Cyber Security Director
“K” is an information security professional with 18+ years of experience. He is an expert in web, infrastructure and mobile (iOS and Android) penetration testing using industry standard methodologies i.e. OWASP and OSSTMM etc. His experience comprises of working with federal and state government agencies, finance and banking, telecommunication, and broadcast media.
He holds industry certifications OSCP, CISSP, GPEN, CISA, CRISC and PMP. “K” has a keen interest in tech startups, most notably Fintech.
Senior Tactics Instructor
GM Risk Group Senior Tactics Instructor Matthew Klier is a 12-year US Navy Iraq veteran and current law enforcement Sergeant and SWAT team member.
Matthew regular conducts high-end training and executive protection operations in the US. Matt is the head instructor for GM Risk Group as well as an avid competition shooter.
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