David Bowdich serves as the Chief Security Officer for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Mr. Bowdich oversees the management of security functions globally, including the protection of U.S. and international parks and resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Disney and National Geographic-sponsored trips, retail stores and e-commerce, productions, studios, facilities, employees, guests, and intellectual property owned by the Company.
Mr. Bowdich joined Disney in February 2021 as Vice President of Global Security for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, following a 25-year career at the FBI.
From 2018 to 2021, Mr. Bowdich served as the FBI’s Deputy Director which is the second highest position in the organization responsible for leading all FBI global investigative and intelligence activities. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Associate Deputy Director of the FBI, where he oversaw the management of all internal investigations, personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure.
Mr. Bowdich joined the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office in 2012, where he served first as the Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division from 2012 to 2014 and then as the head of the office from 2014 to 2016. During that time, he oversaw all Criminal, Terrorism, Counterintelligence, and Cyber investigations and was responsible for Crisis Management and the deployment of Response Assets. Those responsibilities spanned the Los Angeles region, surrounding counties, and in certain circumstances, the extra-territorial region of Southeast Asia.
He first joined the FBI in 1995 as a Special Agent in the San Diego Field Office, and prior to that served as a police officer with the Albuquerque Police Department.
For his service to his nation, Mr. Bowdich was bestowed the Meritorious Service Award by President Barack Obama in 2016. In 2020, he was selected by Attorney General William Barr to serve on the President’s Law Enforcement Commission, and, in 2021, FBI Director Christopher Wray awarded him the FBI Director’s Medallion for Exceptional Leadership upon his retirement.
Mr. Bowdich holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University.