August 18, 2014 - William H. Watson has been appointed as Vice President of Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, the nation’s premier scalable risk mitigation specialists. Company CEO Jonathan McConnell announced the appointment, stating that, “We are pleased that Will Watson has agreed to join the Meridian Global team. His wealth of experience in the maritime, security and intelligence communities will serve our clients exceedingly well.”
Prior to joining Meridian Global, Mr. Watson maintained his own consultancy, based in Washington, DC, and will continue to be based in the Nation’s Capital. Mr. Watson’s experience includes serving as a flag State security officer for one of the world’s largest ship registries; service as a delegate to the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia; and as president of a Private Maritime Security Company. He is Vice President and Governor of the Maritime Security Council, serves as the maritime representative to the National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing & Analysis Centers) and is a participant in the National Maritime Intelligence Advisory Group (NIAG). He is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and a veteran of the US Air Force Reserve and the South Carolina Air National Guard.
Meridian Global Consulting strives to provide a professional, scalable, cost-effective solution to its client’s security needs and strives to find solutions that match the level of risk to proportional protection, giving the client the most efficient and sustainable security solution anywhere in the world. The Mobile, Alabama-based company believes that integrity is the cornerstone of any professional relationship and that honest and open communication fosters success. The veteran owned and operated firm is committed to conducting its business with a broad perspective, taking into account its customers, employees, and the communities in which the company operates. “As we continue to grow as a company, we remain committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards and becoming an ideal corporate citizen. We do so by implementing our core values: Courage in doing what is right, delivering customer satisfaction, demonstrating leadership in our industry as a company and as individuals, and acting with integrity in all we do,” Mr. McConnell, a US Marine Corps combat veteran and attorney, continued.
“I am very proud and excited to be part of this professionally operated, ethically oriented and quality driven company,” Mr. Watson said. “Safeguarding the maritime industry is critical to protecting global commerce and Meridian Global is dedicated to that cause.”
Meridian Global Consulting is a signatory to the International Code of Conduct (ICoC), has been awarded Certified Member State 1 Certification from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), has been accepted as an Executive Member of the Maritime Security Council and is undergoing certification for ISO/PAS 28007, the globally accepted standard for Private Maritime Security Companies.