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TSA Founding Director Joins International Advisory Council

John Magaw brings government, homeland security expertise

Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2007) � John W. Magaw, who designed and launched the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and served as director of the U.S. Secret Service, joined APCO Worldwide�s International Advisory Council (IAC), Margery Kraus, president and chief executive officer, announced today. Magaw serves with nearly 40 distinguished global business and political leaders on the IAC.

�At this time of increased awareness to matters of security, both at home and abroad, John provides an unrivaled set of credentials for our clients,� Kraus said. �Navigating the nexus of business, politics and media has never been more treacherous, and John is uniquely able to serve as a guide through some of the global marketplace�s most sensitive � and strategic � landscapes.�

�APCO is a remarkable company that provides outstanding services to their clients,� said Magaw. �I am very much looking forward to working with APCO and my distinguished colleagues on the International Advisory Council.�

Magaw began his career in law enforcement as an Ohio state trooper before joining the Secret Service in 1966. While in the service, Magaw served as the special agent in charge of the presidential protective division, coordinating and managing all aspects of presidential security in the U.S. and abroad. In 1992, after 26 years with the agency, Magaw was appointed director and was responsible for the protection of U.S. officials and diplomats, as well as the President of the United States. He oversaw significant investigative responsibilities, including threats against protectees, violations of laws related to counterfeiting, financial fraud and computer crimes.

He most recently served as undersecretary for transportation, where he designed and launched the TSA created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001. He was also responsible for securing all modes of transportation, including rebuilding the public�s post-September 11 confidences in the nation�s air travel.

Throughout his distinguished career, Magaw was awarded both the Presidential Rank Meritorious Award and President Distinguished Award. He serves on the Otterbein College Board of Trustees and is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Magaw is available as a senior adviser to APCO�s clients. He is also a senior counselor at ASERO Worldwide, a homeland security consulting firm that is a partner company with APCO.

About APCO Worldwide

Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. APCO was named 2007 PR Agency of the Year by PRNews; 2006 Agency of the Year by PRWeek; 2007, 2006 and 2005 European Consultancy of the Year by Public Affairs News; and 2004 Public Affairs Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report. Clients include corporations, governments, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO includes among its clients seven of the top 10 companies on Fortune�s Global 500. Core services include corporate, investor and internal communication; crisis management; issue management; government relations; litigation communication; media relations; coalition building; opinion research; market entry; corporate responsibility; and online communication. APCO is a majority women-owned business. For more information, please visit


ASERO brings a global view to security challenges and offers unprecedented capabilities and experience to entities concerned with homeland security issues. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ASERO was founded by Doron Bergerbest-Eilon who is recognized as one of the world�s foremost experts on homeland security and risk management strategy and implementation. ASERO's consulting team is composed of national and international security and protection experts who together provide integrated and strategic solutions and tactical counsel to governments and major businesses on risk mitigation, emergency preparedness and critical infrastructure protection. For more information on ASERO, please visit

Elizabeth Wolf