Vice President of WINGSHIELD®, INC.
Retired FBI Agent
Former Acting Head of the FBI Newark Division
FBI-US Secret Service Fraud and Cyber Task Force
White House Office of the Program Manager Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative
Mike Messenger is a retired FBI executive who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his current role, having served in federal law enforcement for over 25 years. As the former acting head of the FBI Newark Division, the seventh largest field office in the country, Mike oversaw hundreds of personnel and millions of dollars of resources focused on mitigating criminal and national security threats throughout New Jersey. He led a COVID-19 pandemic fraud and cyber task force and supported the first co-located FBI-US Secret Service Cyber Task Force and served as the on-scene commander for numerous high-priority incidents, including domestic terrorism, international terrorism, fugitive matters, and FBI SWAT resource deployments.
Prior to his work in Newark, Mike held leadership roles in the FBI Philadelphia Division, where he oversaw hazardous materials response teams, weapons of mass destruction directorate, airport liaison, and the office’s bomb technicians. He led dozens of active shooter training provided to school administrators and tabletop exercises with businesses for critical incident preparedness. Mike is an expert at building partnerships between the FBI and the private sector, including within the academic community, as well as in the healthcare, tech, and logistics industries, based on the strong belief that these relationships bolster information sharing and integration to enhance public safety.
Throughout his FBI career, Mike demonstrated a commitment to enhancing information sharing and building relationships to thwart terroristic and criminal efforts around the world. He led multiple units at FBI Headquarters Counterterrorism Division, where he created and managed the e-Guardian threat monitoring system, which streamlined the process for federal, state, and local partners to share terrorism-related information seamlessly in the post-9/11 world. He was also selected to lead the White House Office of the Program Manager Suspicious Activity Reporting initiative, which aimed to efficiently share information in the international arena on potential criminal and national security threats.
Mike is the recipient of numerous awards, including the FBI Director’s Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership. His wealth of experience and expertise in federal law enforcement make him a valuable asset to any organization.