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Pete Dordal, Jr.


GardaWorld Federal Services

Pete Dordal, Jr. is President of GardaWorld Federal Services and the Interim President of WorldAware. He is an accomplished security management professional and business leader with over 35 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, private and public security, the intelligence community, and entrepreneurial commercial endeavors. He has been a senior executive at GardaWorld since 2008, having served in multiple progressive operational and leadership roles.

Pete joined GardaWorld from service with a select US government contract, where he provided highly specialized risk management services supporting the Global War on Terror. Earlier, he was the Director of Corporate Security at SPX Corporation, a multi-industrial Fortune 500 company, where he oversaw the security and risk management of 24,000 employees operating in 23 countries. In a dual role he was also the President of SPX Security Investigations, a commercial business unit that provided a range of security and investigative services to global corporate customers, the US Government, and other friendly foreign nations. In 1995, he founded The Potomac Group; Associates (PG&A), a boutique international security firm. He grew the company to a multi-million-dollar business and sold it five years later to SPX Corporation.

Pete entered the private security industry in 1989 with Vance International, the premier executive protection and high-end security consultancy of its time. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations and training.

Pete has a Master’s Degree in Business from the McColl Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Security Administration. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government International Security Program. He sits on the boards of the US Libya Business Association (USLBA), Executive Security International (ESI), and the Investigative Management Group.