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Peter T. Metzger

Pete Metzger has nearly two decades of experience advising clients and providing them with top leadership talent. Read more >

Pete Metzger has nearly two decades of experience advising clients and providing them with top leadership talent.

His personal relationships with national business and political leaders, and board chairs provide his clients with the best possible choices in forming their leadership teams. In addition to his private sector access he maintains close ties to the leaders of the national intelligence/ law enforcement/cyber agencies, as well as the military departments and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As Vice Chairman of DHR International, Pete works with leadership providing strategic influence on the international expansion of the firm’s global platform.

Earlier in his search career, Pete was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he led both the Government Relations/Association and Global Security Practices. He started his business career as president of the nation’s largest privately-held franchise home-building company. Pete’s market sectors include CEO/C-Level Recruitment, Board Services, Cyber/Information Security, Legal Services, Professional Services, Trade Associations, Global Security, Risk Management, Not-for-Profit and Government Affairs. Prior to entering the private sector Pete served as a US Marine officer. His service included combat leadership roles from Vietnam to Somalia. He was personally decorated for valor in both theaters.  He also served as a foreign intelligence officer in the CIA and as the Marine Military Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Pete has the distinction of being the only consultant in the search industry to have a current U.S. Government Top Secret (SSBI) clearance. He is on the boards of NTT Data Federal Services and Asero Worldwide.

Pete graduated from the University of Colorado and later completed graduate studies in national security policy and Latin American studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute and The Inter-American Defense College of the Organization of American States. < Read less


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Mentor for the CEO of Economic Club of Washington, DC
November 2018

DHR International Completes Financial Crime Leader Search for UBS Americas

DHR International recently placed Deutsche Bank executive Richard Weber as the Americas head for financial crime at UBS in Stamford, Conn. Peter Metzger, vice chairman of the Chicago-based search firm, led the assignment along with director Eugene Patrone and associate Alyssa Kopervos. More >

August 2018

You don’t need to be a hacker to get a high-paying cybersecurity job

• There's a significant and growing gap between available corporate and government cybersecurity jobs and the people available to do them, with 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs possibly going unfilled by 2021. • Many people might not realize they have skills that are transferable to this in-demand field, experts said. • Puzzle-solving ability, leadership skills, communication acumen and business risk experience are all sought in the cybersecurity job market. More >

September 2017 | Bloomberg Markets

Equifax Leaders Blasted Over Handling of Massive Security Breach

The Equifax Inc. data breach that may have compromised sensitive information on almost half of the U.S. population has landed the company’s leadership at the center of a tempest. More >

April 2017 | WSJ Pro Cybersecurity

Cyber Talent: Companies Struggle to Compete for Skilled Workers

Peter Metzger, a headhunter, tells his corporate clients he can find them the most accomplished and experienced cybersecurity workers but then moves to discuss a competitive salary and benefits. More >

March 2017 | Politico Pro

Congress quietly examines apparent CIA hacking tools dump

The House and Senate Intelligence committees have begun quietly probing how WikiLeaks obtained the CIA’s apparent secret hacking arsenal. More >

September 2016 | Bloomberg

Close Silicon Valley Ties Pose Hurdles for Twitter Bidders

Close ties between directors and executives in media and technology may present conflicts of interest for companies weighing offers for Twitter Inc. More >

September 2016 | FedScoop

Majority of iPhone users have yet to update iOS for wake of Pegasus discovery

In spite of the security concerns recently noted by Apple, just 14 percent of the world's iPhone users downloaded a new security patch. More >

August 2016 | CNN

Nuclear biscuits and footballs: How the president launches an atomic bomb

DHR International's security expert Peter Metzger talks about his experience of carrying the nuclear launch suitcase during Ronald Reagan's presidency. More >

July 2016 | Fox News

Library of Congress fights massive cyber attack

DHR International Vice Chairman Peter Metzger comments on the Library of Congress' recent cyber attack that disrupted a number of services and websites, including, the U.S. Copyright Office and others. More >

May 2016 | Workforce

HR and IT: The Dynamic Duo in Fighting Cybersecurity Risks

The rise of mobile and cloud technology has amped up the need for cybersecurity. Experts says coordinated efforts between HR and IT are important. More >

March 2016 | Human Resources IQ

Identifying, Recruiting, and Hiring Your Next CEO

Whether true leaders are born, made, or something in between, they are out there, but they may not be easy to find. From identifying potential candidates to conducting interviews and negotiating team politics, hiring a new CEO for your company is a huge task, but it’s also one of the most important decisions your company can make. More >

March 2016 | Wall Street Journal

CIOs Sidestep Wage Declines

DHR International's Peter Metzger, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal's Angus Loten about the salary growth of CIOs. More >

November 2015 | Security Today

7 Tips for CEOs Looking to Boost Their Cybersecurity Knowledge

With 90 percent of companies admitting they’ve suffered at least one cyberattack, sitting back and avoiding the topic is not a suitable solution or strategy for CEOs hoping to keep their technology — not to mention their customers’ information — safe. More >

October 2015 | Bloomberg Business

Why Corporate Boards Are Picking Women to Fill Cybersecurity Posts

Earlier this year, American International Group Inc. added Linda Mills to its board, attracted partly by her expertise in cybersecurity. In February, Wells Fargo & Co. selected Suzanne Vautrinot for its board for similar reasons. Before that, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. picked Janice Babiak. More >

September 2015 | International Business Times

US Economy Adds 173,000 Jobs In August, Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.1%

U.S. employers added 173,000 jobs in August, fewer than widely expected, but the unemployment rate still edged down to 5.1 percent, its lowest level since April 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. Meanwhile, wage growth -- which has been stagnant for years -- edged up slightly more than anticipated to 2.2 percent. More >

September 2015 | White Papers

The Evolving IT Risk & Information Security Role

CEOs and boards today are increasingly interested in probing and understanding the topic of information security and technology risk. That’s no wonder given that security breaches and data compromises are receiving front-page news coverage with increasing frequency—exactly the kinds of events that businesses fear. As a result, IT risk awareness exists at higher levels within organizations than ever before. And that awareness is broader, as IT risk is no longer an “IT issue,” but a business issue, an enterprise issue, and a universal corporate concern. The expansion of technology awareness raises several questions, the most important being, “How do I structure the function and the team to ensure that my organization is sufficiently protected?” More >

August 2015 | White Papers

Escalating Risks from Cyberthreats Require a New Breed of Information Security Talent

It is sometimes startling to remember that only a decade ago, cybersecurity was almost an afterthought for corporate leaders around the globe. Today, few topics are more present and pressing in C-suites and boardrooms than that of cybersecurity. The escalating risk of theft, disruption, or destruction from cyberattack for companies, consumers, and government bodies alike is documented daily in news reports of cybersecurity breaches and corporate espionage, as well as the increasingly regular experiences of consumers who have been ‘‘hacked.’’ More >

August 2015 | White Papers

The Cybersecurity Imperative: Because What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

U.S. government officials have now publically stated that during 2013, federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies that they were the victims of cyberattack. That’s a stunning statistic. Chillingly, in most of those cases, the companies themselves were unaware of any actual attack prior to the notification. More troubling still is the fact that those data breaches represent just a portion of the cyberthreats now coursing through our digital world. More >

August 2015 | White Papers

Rethinking Information Security in the Age of Enterprise-Threatening Cyberattacks

Recent events have helped sound the alarm, finally convincing corporations around the globe about the increasingly serious threat of cyberattack. In response, corporations across industries are moving quickly to seek hotly sought-after senior leaders with the combination of sophisticated information technology expertise and intelligence security backgrounds needed to protect corporate property from such cyberthreats. While the supply of such people is quite limited, their ability to deliver value in these risky times makes them a high-level priority. More >

July 2015 | White Papers

Navigating board requirements of the U.S. national industrial security program

In a world increasingly characterized by global business relationships, foreign investment in the U.S industrial base is inevitably on the rise. And when that foreign influence is present in companies with Department of Defense or other U.S. government contracts of a classified nature, a host of mandatory security requirements must be met by those companies. More >