Kenneth HillPresident and CEO
Ken Hill has extensive experience within both the Federal Government and the Private Sector, particularly in assisting start up organizations.
Prior to his arrival at Centuria, he served as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first Executive Secretary from its inception in January, 2003, until November, 2005. In this role, he was a member of the Secretary’s senior management team, dealing daily with all of DHS’ 22 agencies on matters involving both policy and operations.
Throughout a long career spanning the national security arena, Foreign Service and law enforcement, Mr. Hill has held a wide range of management responsibilities. He has served three tours of duty in the White House under three different administrations that most recently included being named as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Office of Homeland Security and the day-to-day operational lead of the 200 member Homeland Security Transition Team that prepared for standing up the 180,000 member department.
Additionally he served President George H.W. Bush as the Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council with duties that included the oversight of the White House Situation Room, foreign advance travel in support of the President and Vice-President, and daily responsibility for operational functioning of the NSC system.
Mr. Hill was tasked by President Reagan to be the Federal Olympic Coordinator for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Assigned to the White House Staff, his focus was on security, law enforcement and intelligence matters related to the Games. In this role, he was the senior federal official represented on the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Council.
Prior to these assignments, Mr. Hill was for many years a career member of the Foreign Service with duties in the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). His responsibilities involved physical security, criminal investigations, protective security operations, and liaison with foreign governments. His awards include the Department’s Superior Honor Award. He has broad international experience that includes several postings abroad and travel to over 75 countries throughout his career.
Mr. Hill has also served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as it’s Director of External Affairs, overseeing the Offices of Congressional, Intergovernmental, Public, and International Affairs. His military experience was as an Infantry Officer in Vietnam.