An associate managing director with K2 Intelligence, David Kelly helps private companies and corporations across industries that include real estate, healthcare, sports and entertainment, hospitality, gaming, retail, and government to develop and implement comprehensive security programs. He works with clients to conduct comprehensive security risk assessments that identify current and emerging threats and critical assets and vulnerabilities. Through this process, specific risks are evaluated in the context of current physical, operational, and electronic security measures. The results of that assessment process are used to create tailored plans that address clients’ security needs.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Dave was a director at Cushman & Wakefield with the firm’s risk management services team, where he provided security, risk assessment and mitigation, and business continuity advice for clients.
Prior to his time with Cushman & Wakefield, Dave was director of security for Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, working in the law firm’s New York headquarters where he was responsible for the identification, development, implementation, and management of all security strategies and programs for the firm globally. His duties also included crisis management and contingency planning, information security, investigations, incident management, physical security, and security awareness training.
Previously, Dave served with the New York City Police Department as the Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism. In this role, he led the department’s initiatives on risk assessment and mitigation for sensitive and significant properties throughout New York City. Dave also developed security plans and security design criteria for major real estate development projects in coordination with the public and private sectors. Major projects include the new World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Barclay’s Arena, and the United Nations capital master plan redevelopment.
Prior to being appointed as assistant commissioner, Dave held the rank of Lieutenant, Commander Detective Squad. As a lieutenant, he commanded the Threat Reduction/Infrastructure Protection Section and the Terrorism Threat Analysis Group within the Counterterrorism Bureau and the Special Litigation Support Unit within the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters.
As commander of the Special Litigation Support Unit, Dave managed a team of investigators that worked with the New York City Law Department to defend the Police Department in major civil litigation. This work involved conducting investigations into allegations brought by plaintiffs against the Police Department. The unit worked on cases that included class action lawsuits alleging bias in the department’s handling of disciplinary cases against members of the department. In the course of this work, Dave and his team reviewed internal investigative case files, department and administrative trial records, and disciplinary decisions. The unit’s work involved investigations into the original disciplinary charges, the internal investigations concerning those charges, the disciplinary process, and disciplinary decisions.
Dave received his B.A. from New York University.