Gov. Tom Ridge Announces Appointment of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Ann Beauchesne as CEO of Ridge Global Education
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 14, 2018) – Gov. Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, today welcomed Ann M. Beauchesne as CEO of Ridge Global Education, a training firm that helps to protect organizations against cyber breaches by creating a culture that reveres cyber security and risk mitigation. As senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department, Beauchesne has led homeland defense, cybersecurity, and resilience issues on behalf of the business community for more than a decade, to include a focus on public-private partnerships and cyber education programs across the nation.
“I first became aware of Ann and her unique skill set in the days after 9/11, when I was in the White House and she was with the National Governors Association,” said Gov. Ridge. “More recently, I have benefitted from Ann’s policy expertise, education innovations and vast network of public and private sector security experts during my tenure as chair of the Chamber’s National Security Task Force. Ann will be a tremendous asset as we look to build Ridge Global Education as a trusted resource for C-Suite executives, corporate boards, and companies who need to train their employees on not only cyber threats, but the range of risks facing organizations today. Ann had many choices for her next move. I am humbled that she chose to join the Ridge Global team.”
Ridge Global Education delivers custom world-class education and training programs designed to help organizations foster a culture of awareness and accountability across the enterprise. RGE’s unique partnerships with organizations such as the National Associate of Corporate Directors and leading education institutions to include the CERT-Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, have generated premier cyber education programs for Board oversight, manager training and enterprise awareness training for all employees.
“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Governor Ridge and the team at Ridge Global,” said Beauchesne. “His leadership on these important issues has helped steer the business community to be more resilient. I’m honored to help the firm expand and grow in the cybersecurity ecosystem. It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers such high quality services to its clients.”
At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Beauchesne has been responsible for developing the Chamber’s overall national security policy strategy and for fostering public-private sector partnerships to help ensure that subsequent policies are mutually beneficial to both sectors. She also served as the principal spokesperson on national security and emergency preparedness issues.
Beauchesne has covered cybersecurity and resilience issues on behalf of the business community for more than a decade. As the impacts of attacks on the private sector have grown more significant, she has focused on enhancing national cybersecurity through advocacy, thought leadership, and education. Recognizing the need to advocate for cyber policies beneficial to industry, Beauchesne created the Cybersecurity Working Group, which worked with more than 200 businesses to identify cyber legislation and regulations affecting industry and advocate for reform with Congress and in federal agencies.
To stay ahead of the rapidly developing cyber environment, she also established the Cyber Leadership Council. Consisting of 30 companies, associations, and universities of all sizes, the council is the Chamber’s exclusive voice on cyber and provides strategic direction on cutting-edge issues, such as the Internet of Things and encryption. And five years ago, Beauchesne launched the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Campaign. This premier initiative leverages partnerships with state and local chambers of commerce to bring cyber experts from the federal government, law enforcement, and the private sector together with small and midsize businesses to share best practices and low-cost resources to protect from and respond to cyber incidents.
Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked for the National Governors Association (NGA) where she held a variety of positions, including policy analyst in the Natural Resources Division and program director of Emergency Management and Environment as well as creating the first ever Homeland Security Department at NGA.
Beauchesne served two terms on the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council (FEMA-NAC), which advises the administrator of FEMA on all aspects of emergency management. She was nominated for and completed the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) program at the Department of Defense and is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the elite Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Defense and Security.
Additionally, Beauchesne is a member of the Kohl’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, providing strategic advice and direction to corporate leadership. She is also a member of the National Emergency Managers Association’s Private Sector Committee and the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute’s Advisory Board. In 2013, Beauchesne was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
Beauchesne’s previous positions have given her unique knowledge of private sector homeland security policies and operations, as well as a comprehensive understanding of U.S. governors’ priorities and the operations of state governments concerning homeland security issues.