Witt O’Brien’s Grows with New Leadership Appointments
Washington, DC, February 27, 2017 / — Witt O’Brien’s, the leader in resilience solutions, announced today key additions to its leadership team.

Brad Gair brings 25 years of emergency management and homeland security experience in both government and the private sector. For the US Federal government, Brad served as the Presidentially-appointed Federal Coordinating Officer on numerous disasters in the US and Caribbean. He was also the Federal Recovery Officer – the US Government’s highest ranking field representative — following the World Trade Center attack on 9/11. For the City of New York, he was the founding Director of Housing Recovery Operations for the Mayor’s office in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and subsequently served as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Office of Emergency Management. In the private sector, he served as the first-ever Vice President of Emergency Management and Enterprise Resilience at NYU Langone Medical Center; acted as special advisor during creation of the United Arab Emirates National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority; and served as President of Good Harbor EM (a risk management consultancy specializing in crisis management and cyber resilience). Brad joins as Senior Managing Director and will focus on strategic expansion of the firm’s resilience solutions in both the public and private sectors.

Tony Hurley has over 30 years’ experience in the utility industry, with deep credentials in safety, operations, security and emergency management. He serves as chair of the utilities committee for both the National Hurricane Conference and for the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Utilities Security Council, which represents electric, nuclear, natural gas, water and wastewater, and dams. He joins Witt O’Brien’s from Jersey Central Power & Light, where he served as Vice President of Operations. In this role, Tony led consistent improvement across a wide range of key resilience indicators. He also designed and implemented improvements in the utility’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery program, drawing on his industry knowledge and personal experience of on-site disaster management in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. Earlier in his career, Tony served with Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison/Penn Power, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and FirstEnergy. Tony joins as Associate Managing Director focused on expanding Witt O’Brien’s resilience solutions for energy and utility clients.
Cheryl Detillieu joins as Witt O’Brien’s new Director of Contracts and compliance. Cheryl brings over 20 years’ international experience in contract management, negotiations, compliance, mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Cheryl served as Director of Commercial Contracts for GulfMark Offshore, and as Commercial Director for Hornbeck Offshore Services.

This announcement coincides with the firm expanding its team in Houston, TX, with more than 25 staff recruited and trained in the past few months.

“I’m delighted to welcome Brad, Tony, Cheryl and all our new colleagues,” said Tim Whipple, CEO. “Our growing team remains focused on our mission: to build community resilience. We look forward to continued growth in our traditional markets – transportation, government, energy, healthcare, education – and to expanding our support for other areas of critical national infrastructure as well.”

About Witt O’Brien’s

Witt O’Brien’s builds resilience. We offer a full range of crisis and emergency management solutions to prepare your organization before disaster strikes, and to help you respond and recover more quickly if it does. We help you Control the Outcome®. To learn more about our real-world experience and innovative solutions, please visit us at wittobriens.com and follow us at twitter.com/WittOBriens. Witt O’Brien’s is a division of SEACOR Holdings Inc.


SEACOR and its subsidiaries are in the business of owning, operating, investing in and marketing equipment, primarily in the offshore oil and gas, shipping and logistics industries. SEACOR offers customers a diversified suite of services and equipment, including offshore marine, inland river storage and handling, distribution of petroleum, chemical and agricultural commodities, and shipping. SEACOR is dedicated to building innovative, modern, “next generation,” efficient marine equipment while providing highly responsive service with the highest safety standards and dedicated professional employees. SEACOR is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol CKH.


Media Contact: Heather Stickler, (202) 585-0780, hstickler@wittobriens.com