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Wells Fargo’s Rich Baich Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

Chief information security officer to serve as cybersecurity expert


Today, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced that Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Rich Baich has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He will serve a three-year term beginning immediately.

The council is a federal advisory committee made up of 35 members who provide recommendations to the FEMA administrator as well as insight and advice on multiple issues. In its formal announcement, FEMA announced the appointment of 10 new members including Baich, who was identified as a cybersecurity expert.

“Cybersecurity threats are pervasive in our modern society and a real threat to our national infrastructure,” said Baich. “I am honored to serve on this council and collaborate with leaders across public and private sectors to identify, mitigate and respond to these risks.”

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said, “We are looking forward to having Rich and all of our new appointees join FEMA’s Advisory Council. Rich’s insight and cybersecurity experience in assisting survivors and working with our federal, state and local partners during future disasters will be a great addition to the board.”

Baich has a long history of influential roles in industry organizations where he advises on cybersecurity issues. Currently, he serves as a presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) where he works with a group of senior executives to recommend solutions that reduce risks and improve security and resilience nationwide. In July 2018, he completed a two-year term as chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) where he worked to strengthen relationships between industry and government partners.

Baich has more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience, including roles in the military and the private sector. As Wells Fargo’s CISO, he oversees information security strategy and governance, identity and access management, security engineering, line-of-business engagement, and cyber defense and monitoring. Previously, Baich held roles as a Naval Information Warfare Officer for the National Security Agency, senior director for professional services at Network Associates (now McAfee), and special assistant to the deputy director for the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the FBI during the critical period after Sept. 11, 2001. Baich is a veteran who retired after 20 years of military service in which he served in multiple security leadership roles.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

About FEMA

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