Michael Hershman is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance, litigation and security. He is a Member of the Board of Directors and former Group CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security – an independent and non-profit organization at the forefront of efforts to promote integrity, safety and security in sports. Mr Hershman founded The Fairfax Group in 1983 and since then has been retained by governments, corporations, law firms and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business.
In 1993, along with Peter Eigen, Mr. Hershman co-founded Transparency International, the largest independent, not-for-profit coalition promoting transparency and accountability in business and in government. For 12 years he served as an advisor to the Secretary General of Interpol (the international police organization) on matters relating to police ethics and accountability. He is the Founder and Chair of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) – the first global institution of its kind that is dedicated to enhancing and sharing knowledge and best practice in the field of anti-corruption. The Academy is an international organization established a United Nations accord.
Mr. Hershman is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has advised the Chamber on corporate compliance issues. Since 2007, Mr. Hershman has been a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Center for International Private Enterprise. Since 2008, he has been named every consecutive year to the Ethisphere Institute’s list of the top 100 most influential people in business ethics worldwide. In 2015, Mr. Hershman was awarded the Most Influential Person in Security Award by Security Management Magazine. In 2013 he received the Columbia Business School’s ‘Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics’, joining an illustrious list that includes David Stern (former NBA Commissioner), Mikael Ohlsson, (President and CEO of The IKEA Group) and Jeffrey Immelt (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE), as some of the other recipients of the award.
Mr. Hershman began his career in intelligence and investigations in Europe during the late 1960s as a special agent with U.S. Military Intelligence, specializing in counterterrorism. Leaving the military, he moved to investigations of government and police misconduct and financial fraud for the New York State Special Corruption Prosecutors Office and the New York City Department of Investigations. As a sworn Peace Officer in New York, Mr. Hershman was also responsible for investigations of inmate deaths in the New York City Correctional System.
Later, Mr. Hershman served as a senior staff investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee, and as chief investigator for a joint Presidential and Congressional commission, reviewing state and federal laws on wiretapping and electronic surveillance. After the wiretap commission hearings, Mr. Hershman joined the Federal Election Commission as chief investigator, where he was responsible for audits and investigations of candidates and their campaign committees.
Mr. Hershman then served as deputy staff director for the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the U.S. House of Representatives, which was responsible for legislation and oversight relating to international banks and other U.S. supported international organizations, such as the United Nations.
Immediately prior to founding the Fairfax Group, Mr. Hershman served as Deputy Auditor General for the Foreign Assistance Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), where he led investigations and audits of major U.S. funded projects overseas, and was responsible for worldwide security at all foreign AID missions. Mr. Hershman was awarded the Superior Honor Medal for his service at AID.
As the President of the Fairfax Group, he has participated in some of the most prominent events around world for the last twenty-eight years. From high profile events, like the Olympics and Super Bowls, Fairfax has responded to aid individuals and entities facing both opportunities and threats. Fairfax has provided litigation support, state-of-the-art digital forensics and security measures, crisis monitoring and response, and advice to corporate boards and executives and governments during some of the most contentious situations.
In December 2006, for example, Mr. Hershman was appointed as the independent compliance advisor to the board of directors of Siemens AG, a company with more than 400,000 employees. Similarly, The Fairfax Group has assisted governments from India to Chile on ethics matters and has served as the appointed monitor of companies that have violated laws, rules or regulations.
Mr. Hershman previously served as a Member of the Independent Governance Committee for FIFA (the international soccer association).
Mr. Hershman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and has been involved in many civic activities including: Past President of the Kings Park West Civic Association; Past President of the Fairfax County Victims Assistance Network; former Member of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and former Chair of the Fairfax County Ethics Advisory Board.
He served on the Fairfax County Audit Oversight Committee and Chaired the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission that delivered 142 policy recommendations to the Fairfax County Police Department.
He also served on the Financial Coalition against Child Pornography, a project of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Michael Hershman has given hundreds of speeches throughout the world on issues related to transparency and accountability and has provided commentary on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel as well as countless national radio shows. For five years he was the co-host of the Public Radio Law Show. He has been quoted and published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Financial Times, the National Law Journal and other print media.