John Torres to Head Washington, DC Office
Washington, D.C. – May 21, 2014 – Guidepost Solutions LLC has tapped John P. Torres, a highly regarded former government agent, to head its Washington, D.C. office as senior managing director. He will continue the firm’s dynamic growth throughout the D.C. market and oversee opportunities for Guidepost’s investigations, security design consulting, immigration and cross-border consulting, and monitoring and compliance services.
“John is a natural team leader with a tremendous understanding of the intricacies of working with government officials and business executives alike,” stated Julie Myers Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Guidepost Solutions. “He is well-equipped to build on the foundation established in the D.C. office and lead our growth plans in the market and beyond.”
Torres was appointed after Wood, who opened the Washington D.C. office in September 2012, was recently named Guidepost Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer. He joined Guidepost Solutions in 2013 and has been working closely on matters related to cross border cases, customs compliance issues, risk mitigation, anti-money laundering, security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and intellectual property rights.
Previously, Torres served as the Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. His professional background includes more than 27 years of experience providing investigative and security management for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice. Torres has served in numerous senior leadership roles for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) including Acting Director and Deputy Director. Prior to leading ICE operations, he served as the Director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations, the Deputy Assistant Director for Smuggling and Public Safety and as the Special Agent in Charge of the Newark ICE Office.
In 2009, President Obama conferred the rank of Meritorious Executive on Torres in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and management contributions to the U.S. government. In November 2008, he was awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Silver Medal in recognition of exceptionally outstanding leadership and service.
Highlights of Torres’ career includes being a decorated member of an undercover investigative unit in Los Angeles in the early 1990s where he was later assigned to the Newton and Rampart divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department during its riots. In 1998, Torres was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Usama Bin Laden Unit. He also led an INS contingency at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Throughout his career, Torres has testified on Capitol Hill, represented DHS at the Geneva Convention Against Torture and appeared before the media numerous times regarding homeland security issues.
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