Former Motorola VP joins DHS advisory council


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Karen Tandy, former Drug Enforcement Administration head and top spokeswoman for technology giant Motorola, joined the Homeland Security Advisory Council Thursday.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson swore in Tandy during an open session of HSAC. He also swore in former Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who retired as head of U.S. Southern Command in January.

As a member of HSAC, Tandy will offer guidance and expertise to officials at the department alongside a couple of dozen other members, famously including Jeff Moss, the hacker known as Dark Tangent, who founded the DefCon security conference.

From 2003 to 2007, Tandy served as the DEA administrator under George W. Bush’s administration until she retired. While at the DEA, she focused on lowering foreign drug trafficking in places like Afghanistan and helped shut down domestic meth labs.  

Tandy got her start as an associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department, where she helped develop national drug enforcement policies while acting as the director for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Tasks Force.

After retiring from the DEA, she became senior vice president of public affairs at Motorola. During her telecommunications tenure, she worked as a spokeswoman for international issues related to telecom policy, trade, regulation and spectrum allocation, according to Motorola’s 2007 announcement.

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