Jonathan C. Tetzlaff has been involved with risk management for almost 30 years, working in a succession of increasingly-responsible government and corporate positions. For ten years, Mr. Tetzlaff worked as a Senior Analyst with the US Government, and was recruited (in 1990) to work for the multinational oil firm Amoco Corporation (later acquired by BP). While at Amoco, Mr. Tetzlaff focused on the challenges unique to extractive and manufacturing industries, especially those operating in challenging locations around the world. At Amoco and at BP, the focus was consistently on cost-effective practical and feasible solutions, rather than theoretical or academic approaches.

Recruited by Merck in 2000, Mr. Tetzlaff was (until his recent retirement) Merck's Senior Director for Crisis Management & Business Continuity, where he developed Merck's global crisis management program and continued his focus on risk management, including an emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain issues.

Mr. Tetzlaff's international risk management responsibilities have included onsite analysis in locations as varied as Papua New Guinea (the location of Amoco's copper mine), Pakistan, Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Romania, and elsewhere in Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Tetzlaff lived in France in 1974-75, majored in French at the undergraduate level, and was certified in French at the graduate level. Mr. Tetzlaff has a B.A. and M.A. as well as a CISSP, CBRM, and MBCI. Among other organizations, he is a member of the Association of Contingency Planners.

Mr, Tetzlaff is a frequent public speaker and was featured in a cover story on Crisis Management in Security magazine (Read). He outlines his approach to Risk Management in a DePaul Business Law Journal article (Read).
 
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