Donilon To Lead White House Commission on National Cybersecurity

February 18, 2016

O’Melveny Vice Chair Brings Deep Knowledge of Cyber Threats to National Security, Businesses 

Washington, DC ─ February 18, 2016 ─ O’Melveny’s Vice Chair Tom Donilon has been appointed by President Obama to chair the newly announced Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The Commission is part of the President’s comprehensive Cybersecurity National Action Plan, aimed at making long-term improvements to cybersecurity across the federal government and the private sector.

Donilon served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor before returning to O’Melveny in 2014. In the President’s remarks yesterday announcing the appointment, Obama said that Donilon “understands every aspect of our intelligence systems, our national security systems, and has worked at the highest levels of government.”

As Chair, Donilon will manage a multidisciplinary team of business and technical thinkers tasked with making strategic recommendations on how to protect the privacy and safety of all Americans. The Commission will report to the President with its findings and recommendations before the end of 2016.

“Tom brings deep knowledge of the cyber-threat environment and its effects on both national security and the nation’s businesses, making him a perfect choice to lead this critical initiative,” said Bradley J. Butwin, Chair of O’Melveny. “We are very proud of his commitment to government service and his continuing work with clients on a wide range of issues.”

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Julie Fei

O’Melveny & Myers LLP