Andre Simons


  • Americas
  • Crisis Readiness, Response and Recovery
  • Digital Risks
  • Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Management
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Andre Simons is a Principal in Control Risks’ Crisis and Security Consulting practice, based in the Washington DC office. He focuses on workplace violence, active shooter and life safety threats, specializing in providing critical incident threat assessments, crisis response and risk mitigation strategies for clients navigating the wide spectrum of potentially violent threat actors.

Andre is internationally recognized across the public and private sectors as a leading expert in threat management, behavioral analysis and violence prevention. He recently retired from the FBI as Unit Chief and Supervisory Special Agent, having devoted over 12 years to developing and advancing the FBI’s behavioral threat assessment program within the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Quantico, Virginia. 

Recent tasks that Andre has worked on include:

  • Designed and developed an interagency multi-disciplinary task force (the Behavioral Threat Assessment Center) dedicated to the prevention of targeted violence, a first-of-its-kind security solution for the federal government to counter an emerging threat. This resulted in successful risk management of over 900 high-risk persons of concern across the nation and enhanced the FBI’s leadership in this area.
  • Assembled and managed the groundbreaking Cyber Behavioral Analysis Center, a unique multi-agency center of excellence that provides agile and comprehensive insight into evolving state-sponsored, terrorist and criminal enterprise cyber threats. Strategically recruited key technical experts and thought leaders to ensure longevity and market services to a broad spectrum of clients. Collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to establish a premier program addressing computer intrusions, malicious code attacks, cyber information operations and high-technology facilitated offenses.
  • Unparalleled operational experience and skill in expertly navigating crisis situations, particularly in leading behavioral threat response and assessments of mass casualty events.

  • Andre has authored several published articles on threat assessment and was a co-author of the Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the US. He is an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker. Andre holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He was formerly a police officer and member of the Crisis Intervention Team with the Portland Police Bureau. 

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