The CIG Principals Committee

The CIG Principals Committee is made up of a group of experts with diverse experience in strategically understanding how cyber and emerging technology are impacting national, global, infrastructure, and business security.

Public & Private

Our experts come from diverse backgrounds rooted in the public and private sectors.

The Principals Committee

Leaders and top thinkers with extensive public and private sector experience help shape the CIG agenda.

General Michael Hayden (Ret.)​

Former Director of CIA and NSA

General Hayden is a retired four-star General in the United States Air Force; he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006-2009 and the Director of the National Security Agency from 1999-2005.

General Keith Alexander (Ret.)

Former Director of NSA and Founder and Co-CEO of Ironnet

General (Ret.) Keith Alexander is the CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity. He served as the director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014. He was also the first Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to those roles, General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

General David Petraeus (Ret.)

Chairman of KKR Global Institute

General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) is a Partner and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in May 2013. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Optiv and FirstStream, a venture investor in some 20 startups, and engaged in a variety of academic endeavors. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat, including command of the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Kevin Mandia

CEO of FireEye

Kevin has been FireEye CEO since June 2016 and a member of the FireEye Board of Directors since February 2016. He previously served as FireEye President, from February 2015 until his appointment as CEO. Kevin joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004.

Rick Ledgett

Former Deputy Director of NSA

Rick Ledgett served as the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency from January 2014 until his retirement in April 2017, culminating a nearly 40-year career in cryptology at NSA and in the U.S. Army. He previously led the Media Leaks Task Force, the Agency's response to the Snowden leaks. He was the first National Intelligence Manager for Cyber at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and he directed NSA's 24/7 cyber threat operations center.

The Honorable Susan Gordon

Former PDDNI

Susan M. Gordon was sworn in as the fifth Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) on August 7, 2017. As PDDNI, Ms. Gordon assisted the DNI in leading the Intelligence Community (IC) and managing the ODNI. In particular, she focused on advancing intelligence integration across the IC, expanding outreach and partnerships, and driving innovation across the Community.

With nearly three decades of experience in the IC, Ms. Gordon has served in a variety of leadership roles spanning numerous intelligence organizations and disciplines. Most recently, Ms. Gordon served as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2015 to 2017. In this role, she helped the director lead the agency and manage the National System of Geospatial Intelligence. 

Prior to her assignment with NGA, Ms. Gordon served for 27 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), rising to senior executive positions in each of the Agency’s four directorates: operations, analysis, science and technology, and support. She joined the CIA in 1980 as an analyst in the Office of Scientific and Weapons Research, and went on to serve as the Director of the Office of Advanced Analytic Tools, Director of Special Activities in the Directorate of Science and Technology, Director for Support, and ultimately in concurrent roles as Director of the Information Operations Center and the CIA Director’s senior advisor on cyber. In 1998, she designed and drove the formation of In-Q-Tel, a private, non-profit company whose primary purpose is to deliver innovative technology solutions for the agency and the IC. Ms. Gordon has been recognized for her creative executive leadership through numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award at the distinguished level.

Teresa Shea

Vice President of Cyber Offense and Defence Experts (CODEX), Raytheon Intelligence and Space

Teresa Shea is Vice President of Cyber Offense and Defense Experts (CODEX) for Raytheon Intelligence and Space (RIS). Building on Raytheon’s legacy of classified work with United States government intelligence agencies and programs, CODEX is focused on providing cyber capabilities for offense, defense and security initiatives. Ms. Shea joined Raytheon from In-Q-Tel where she was Executive Vice President of Technology and director of Cyber-Reboot.

She joined In-Q-Tel after a distinguished thirty-two year career with the National Security Agency (NSA) where she held several key leadership assignments during her career culminating as the director of Signals Intelligence. Ms. Shea is an experienced executive, working within corporate and government environments. She served as a Board Member for Recorded Future, a leading Cyber Threat Intelligence company from 2015-2019. In addition, she was a Board advisor to the Virginia Tech Hume Center, the MITRE Corporation, and continues to serve on the Georgia Institute of Technology Board of Advisors. 

The Honorable Leslie Ireland

Board Member of Citi Group; Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis

The Hon. Leslie Ireland is the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis. She joined Treasury in 2010 after 25 years at CIA where she specialized in Iran, the Middle East and WMD. Ms. Ireland retired in November 2016 after more than 31 years in the Intelligence Community.

Prior to joining the Treasury Department, from 2008-2010 Ms. Ireland served as daily intelligence briefer to President. As the first DNI Iran Mission Manager from 2005-2008, she served as the principal advisor to the DNI on Iran and was responsible for overseeing the intelligence process on Iran for the entire US government.

Ms. Ireland is currently on the Board of Directors of Citigroup, Inc. and The Stimson Center. She is also a member of the Chubb Insurance Cyber Advisory Board, of Tapestry Network’s Cyber Risk Director Network and on the Board of Advisors of Cyber Florida.

Ms. Ireland is the recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, personally awarded by the DNI, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2016 and 2008), and the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Georgetown University.