growth[period] is pleased to announce that Joe Ford, a distinguished information security professional with 30 years of experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), has joined our board of Strategic Client Advisors.
Mr. Ford joined Bank of the West in 2008, retiring in 2016 where he served as an Executive Vice President and its Chief Security Officer managing all aspects of the security program to include cybersecurity, information security, investigations, fraud prevention, physical security and business continuity. During his tenure with Bank of the West, Mr. Ford created an integrated team of security and anti-fraud professionals focused on reducing cyber and fraud risk.
Prior to joining Bank of the West, Mr. Ford had a 30 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served as the FBI’s Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. He also was the FBI’s Chief Financial Officer.
During his FBI career, Mr. Ford investigated significant public corruption matters, major government program frauds, computer crimes, health care fraud and corporate fraud. He led the corporate fraud investigations of Enron and Arthur Anderson as the FBI’s lead investigator and Inspector-in-Charge. Mr. Ford authored federal health care fraud legislation and developed the FBI's national program in combating health care fraud. He led the FBI's national fraud investigation of Columbia/HCA Healthcare, resulting in convictions and the company paying a record $1.6 billion in criminal/civil fines and penalties. He led the FBI's investigation of National Medical Enterprises (NME) which resulted in NME pleading guilty to conspiracy and paying a criminal/civil fine of $379 million.
Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, he played an instrumental role in the formation of a financial team focusing on developing financial evidence related to international terrorism.