SOURCE: TSA

December 12, 2008 14:16 ET

TSA Names Morris "Mo" McGowan as Federal Security Director for Dallas Love Field Airport

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Mo McGowan federal security director (FSD) for Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL).

McGowan began his career at TSA on Feb. 19, 2002. He has served TSA in a number of capacities, both at headquarters and in the field, including as assistant administrator for Security Operations in the Washington, D.C. area. As assistant administrator, he was responsible for ensuring multimodal transportation security, detecting and deterring threats, managing daily operations, and enhancing operational efficiency while protecting critical transportation infrastructure.

McGowan also has served as general manager for cargo security at TSA headquarters, director for airside security, assistant federal security director at Dallas Love Field, and deputy federal security director at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

"Mo McGowan's exceptional leadership at TSA headquarters has earned the respect of the most highly regarded leaders of airport security throughout the nation," said Lee Kair, TSA's Assistant Administrator for Security Operations. "His institutional knowledge of TSA and aviation security is tremendous, and his leadership at Dallas Love Field will be a strategic asset. We are delighted he has agreed to continue to serve TSA as he returns to his home community."

Prior to joining TSA, McGowan worked for a Fortune 500 company in the area of network protection. He also was a Richardson, Texas police officer for 25 years.

McGowan was a founder of TSA. He helped to create the agency in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2006 TSA Leadership Award.

McGowan replaces Alvy Dodson, who assumed a position within the private sector.

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