Raymond W. Kelly is vice chairman of K2 Intelligence and a member of the firm's advisory board.
Former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly brings decades of experience setting strategy to combat threats faced by nations around the world, by the public and by the private sector. He provides valuable insight into the design and development of tailored enterprise risk solutions for K2 Intelligence clients around the world. In addition, Ray investigates internal and external risks affecting the safety of client assets and the reputation and stability of their key stakeholders.
Ray provides C-suite executives and government municipalities top-level guidance on issues such as infrastructure safety, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement response.
Ray is a distinguished leader and protector and is New York City’s longest-serving police commissioner. Under his leadership the NYPD has been described as the premier domestic public-safety agency in the United States. Ray established the first Counterterrorism Bureau of any municipal police department in the country and built the Department’s Intelligence Bureau, creating a global intelligence program with detectives stationed in cities abroad.
Ray joined K2 Intelligence from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was president of the firm’s Risk Management Services group. This group offered clients of the commercial real-estate firm tailored solutions to manage and mitigate risks around the world. In the private sector he has also served as president of Investigative Group International and as chief of security at Bear Stearns. Ray is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an ABC News consultant.
Ray’s almost 50-year career in public service includes serving as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and as Undersecretary of Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. He served as a vice president of Interpol and directed the International Police Force in Haiti, where he was awarded the exceptionally meritorious service commendation from the President of the United States. Ray is also a retired United States Marine Corps Reserves Colonel with 30 years of service in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, including serving a combat tour in Vietnam. He received 14 citations of merit for outstanding police work during his tenure at NYPD and was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur. Ray is the author of the best-selling book Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City (Hachette Books Group USA, 2015).
Ray received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, his L.L.M. from New York University Graduate School of Law, his M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his B.B.A. from Manhattan College. He is an attorney and a member of the New York State Bar. He has also been awarded honorary degrees from the Catholic University of America, Manhattan College, St. John’s University, the State University of New York, the College of St. Rose, Iona College, Marist College, New York University, Pace University, Quinnipiac University, and St. Thomas Aquinas College.