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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry.James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
December 1, 2022


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Global Security Influencer of the Year 2022: Bonnie Michelman

IFSEC Global and The Security Partners’ Forum are delighted to reveal that 2022 Global Security Influencer of the Year winner has been unveiled as Bonnie Michelman CPP, CHPA. MBA, MS – Executive Director of Police, Security & Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Bonnie Michelman

Bonnie Michelman has been voted as the 2022 IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year

The award, now in its second year following Jennie Vickers’ win in 2021, is the result of a panel of highly experienced and well-regarded judges selecting their top influencer from five finalists – each of whom topped their relevant categories in the long-running IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security process.

The five finalists were:

  • Bonnie Michelman, Executive Director of Police, Security & Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Michael Gips, Principal, Global Insights in Professional Security
  • Sean Sportun, National Director, Strategic Accounts, GardaWorld Canada
  • Claudia Natanson MBE, VP of Information Security, AccuWeather
  • Adalberto Bem Haja, CEO, BHC Sistemas de Segurança

The finalists were assessed independently by a separate judging panel to the original awards. The IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year award is designed to celebrate the success of the Primus inter pares – ‘first among equals’.

Read more and see the full judging panel for the IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year 2022, here.

On her win, Bonnie Michelman CPP, CHPA. MBA, MS, commented:

“I am delighted, humbled, and so very honoured to have received the Global Security Influencer of the Year award. The others in this category are amazing professionals and to be acknowledged in this way reinforces how much my passion and work in this industry over several decades has been noticed and appreciated.

“The joy and benefit I have gotten from developing others, influencing the value that is placed on security and advancing the professionalism of this industry has benefitted and fulfilled me in a myriad of ways. I feel fortunate to be in an amazing industry having a critical mission that has cultivated a rich and meaningful career. I am so very grateful for this amazing recognition.”

About the winner: Bonnie Michelman

Bonnie Michelman’s extensive leadership and security management experience cross diverse industries and national boundaries. Currently she is the Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and also serves as the Security Leader for Mass General Brigham, MGH’s parent organisation.

Her security operations protect the patients, visitors, staff and assets of 15 hospitals and hundreds of offsite facilities. Under Bonnie’s direction, MGH won the Lindberg Bell Award for the nation’s finest healthcare security program in 1999, 2007, and 2018.

Bonnie’s list of industry leadership roles include ISMA President, ASIS International President, President of IAHSS Foundation, IFPO board member, and Homeland Security Advisory Council board member, among many others. Bonnie’s credentials include 25 years as Instructor at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice.

Bonnie’s leadership recognition includes Woman of Valor, ASIS International; Security Innovator of the Year, Security Industry Association; and 2-time winner of the Presidential Award of the Year, IAHSS. She has an MBA, an MS in Criminal Justice, and a BA in Government and Sociology. She holds CPP and CHPA certifications.

See the full list of the IFSEC Global Influencers in Security 2022, here >>


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