TSA recruits CTO from Southwest Airlines

The Homeland Security Department's agency for assuring transportation safety today named Southwest Airlines technology executive Mike Golden to the jobs of assistant administrator, operational process and technology as well as chief technology officer.

Golden will take charge of developing and deploying security technologies for several transportation modes, the Transportation Security Administration said in a press announcement.

Golden's most recent job at Southwest was senior director of airport security technologies, TSA said. He has participated on several government committees, including TSA's Scientific Advisory Panel and Bag Screening Investment Study.

Golden also has worked with the Defense and Energy Departments on cargo and port security technologies, TSA said.

'Mike has a proven track record of deploying practical technology security measures that can be quickly implemented," said Kip Hawley, TSA administrator, in the agency's announcement. "His 20-plus years at Southwest, his experience creating their airport security technology department and his experience collaborating with manufacturers, designers and other industry groups will be invaluable in this new role."

Golden holds several patents in the aviation security field. He has helped TSA design its passenger screening process to speed the process, reduce injuries and assist passengers, the agency said.

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