Senior Vice-President & Chief Security Officer
Michael A. Mason joined Verizon in January 2008 as the company’s Chief Security Officer. He oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security, legal compliance, investigations and law enforcement matters. In 2010 the department created a very effective Insider Threat Program which has grown from utilizing six employees in 2010 to almost 100 today. In 2014, Mr. Mason was recognized by Security 500 Magazine as one of 2014’s Most Influential Security Executives.
Immediately prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. In 2004, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (awarded to the top 5% of federal government executives). He began his career as a Special Agent working investigations ranging from undercover narcotics cases to general crimes and public corruption. Mr. Mason was the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest field office.
Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 – 1985 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2006 he was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies at his alma mater, during which he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree. In 2007, Mason was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year and currently sits on the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.
Mr. Mason also sits on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Hope International, an organization focused on the eradication of domestic violence both domestically and internationally. He has addressed many audiences on the subject of domestic violence and the manner in which Verizon is working to address this problem. He is also a frequent presenter on the subject of leadership both inside Verizon and to external audiences.
Mr. Mason was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a proud fan of the 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs!