As corporate America has begun aggressively recruiting veterans who have led men and women under fire, Google has skimmed the very cream of the crop to manage its global security.
Veteran Chris Rackow heads the team that protects the company’s 80,000 Googlers, along with its offices and property, in more than 150 cities across almost 60 countries. The Mountain View-based technology giant tapped Rackow’s experience just over a year ago, recognizing the value the former warrior would bring to the search powerhouse. He had spent years in two of the most elite military and paramilitary organizations in the world: the U.S. Navy SEALs and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team.
Rackow’s leadership illustrates how corporate America has caught on to the resource created by veterans of U.S. foreign interventions. An ability to manage complex, risky and dynamic problems, especially in the rapidly changing technology industry, carries a premium.