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Walter B. Donaldson, II   [Download VCard]
Managing Director / CFE

Walt Donaldson is a Managing Director of Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (“FGIS”). Prior to joining FGIS, Walt worked as the Director of Special Investigations at the second largest bank in the U.S.

During his thirty-five year career, Walt has been responsible for managing security and investigative teams globally, cyber crime investigations, computer forensic investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, BSA/AML/OFAC, due diligence investigations, executive protection, and security reviews. Several examples of his consulting engagements include:

  • Managed multiple regulatory required “look backs” for financial institutions to identify suspicious transactions.
  • Managed BSA/AML/OFAC Risk Assessments, AML Program reviews and gap analysis for Banks, MSB’s and Casinos.
  • Designed security protocols for activist demonstrations during corporate shareholder meeting; provided executive protection and overall management.
  • Developed active shooter program for major health care corporation.
  • Managed internal investigations, including forensic recovery of electronic evidence, on behalf of corporations for intellectual property theft, financial frauds, false documents, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and hostile work environment cases.
  • Performed security assessments for corporations and executives relating to corporate complexes, as well as the executives’ homes, vacation homes and corporate aircraft.
  • Performed security review of multiple major metropolitan hotels to enhance security program for both staff and their guests.

From 2006 to 2010, Walt served as the Special Investigations Director for Bank of America. He was directly responsible for the management of investigations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He had global responsibility for cyber crime and identity theft investigations, and he also managed physical security for all operations in Canada. He worked with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to design and implement their “Model Policy” for investigating identity crimes. After retiring from Bank of America, Walt joined FGIS.

From 1987 to 2006, Walt served as the Director of Corporate Investigations for MBNA America. He managed all investigations, executive protection, fraud audits, BSA/AML/OFAC and risk assessments. He worked with the OCC, FRB, FDIC and FSA on a routine basis. He established computer forensic labs in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. He served as the Director of investigations and security for twenty years before the company’s acquisition.

Walt is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and served the Coast Guard until December 1986. He holds multiple professional certifications including as a Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds an active government security clearance for sensitive engagements and currently serves as a member on several Boards of Directors.