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Michael S. Welch   [Download VCard]
Managing Director

Michael S. Welch joins Freeh Group International Solutions after a distinguished international career in both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, as the Director of Retail and Regulatory Investigations for the United Kingdom’s (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), he managed an expansive staff responsible for investigating over 50,000 financial services firms. Mike is the only American to have held such a high-ranking position at the FCA.

Prior to the FCA, Mike was the Global Head of Investigations for Standard Chartered Bank, the 4th largest bank in the UK with over 86,000 employees. He managed seven regional teams based around the globe that provided investigative support in 71 countries and developed the bank's capabilities in the areas of forensic imaging, asset recovery, cyber intrusions/fraud, analytics-discovery, and comprehensive fraud training. He fostered collaboration with government and private sector entities by establishing external working groups in nine countries.

Mike held many executive positions during his 25-year career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) including Assistant Director for International Operations; Acting Assistant Director/Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division; and Special Agent in Charge. He has served on the executive staff for two FBI Directors at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

While serving as Assistant Director, International Operations Division, Mike managed the Bureau’s international investigative caseload, multiple international task forces, and all FBI personnel stationed abroad. This included personnel assigned to the United Nations, NYC; Interpol, Lyon, France; and Europol, The Hague, the Netherlands. In this role, Mike traveled to more than 70 countries leading the Bureau’s efforts to champion international investigative mandates and facilitate timely information sharing between foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He also coordinated more than 100 international training courses annually.

While in charge of the FBI’s global cyber program, he managed the National Cyber Investigative Task Force, Washington, D.C., combining personnel and resources from across the federal government and international partners to investigate and combat cyber incidents. Mike also established and executed a national strategy to defeat, disrupt and identify priority cyber threats for all FBI offices, domestic and foreign.

As the Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, he led the Bureau’s statewide federal counter-terrorism response and charged with securing national sporting events including the 2012 Super Bowl, Indianapolis 500, and the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament. During his four-year tenure in Indiana, the FBI office achieved the greatest number of criminal statistical accomplishments in its 93-year history.

Early in his career, Mike served as a Special Agent in the Washington D.C, Miami, Indianapolis, and Kansas City field offices. He was a certified SWAT team member, police instructor, and managed the executive protection details for the U.S. Attorney General and FBI Director.