JIM CHIACCHIA // VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT
As a business development leader and international risk intelligence and security practitioner, Jim has worked extensively in the global security and crisis response market for the past decade. Jim’s core competencies and areas of focus are centered around travel risk management and crisis response, with an emphasis on kidnap for ransom and extortion response, political risks, and natural and man-made disasters.
Prior to entering the global risk and security space, Jim spent over a decade in high-level sales, business development, and strategic account management, where he traveled extensively in support of business and client needs. Jim is a 28-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His assignments included serving as a legal advisor for a counter-terrorism task force operating in Afghanistan and other locations, Chief of Iraqi Army Operations for the Iraq Assistance Group at Camp Victory, Iraq, and as Officer-in-Charge of the Phoenix Academy in Taji, Iraq. Finally, before retiring in 2013, he was the executive officer of a marine support squadron with over 600 marines and sailors supporting combat operations globally.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Naval Justice School, and Marine Corps University Command & Staff College. He earned his J.D. from New England Law, Boston. He remains active in the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and other industry-specific organizations.