Heidi King

Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Heidi King is the Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She comes to NHTSA with extensive experience in public safety, innovation, risk management, evidence-based decision-making and law enforcement. An economist and research scientist by training, Ms. King parlayed degrees from California Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine, and her early experience as a California State Park Ranger into a distinguished career in both government and the private sector. 

Her work at Telcordia Technologies, a research and development company established after the 1982 breakup of Bell Laboratories, fueled a life-long passion for research innovation and the ability to anticipate and foster technological progress. Areas of particular interest to her in this context include cybersecurity and the development of automated driving systems.


Ms. King served as a Regulatory Policy Analyst in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1998-2000 and from 2007 to 2011. During her years at OMB and 2 years as Chief Economist on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, she became familiar with NHTSA and the agency’s work on Corporate Average Fuel Economy.  


Having worked as Senior Manager of Management Science at Pfizer Inc. from 2002 to 2006, and as Global Director of Environmental Risk at General Electric (GE) from 2013 to 2016, she is well-versed in the private sector and the market-forces that challenge manufacturers.


Ms. King never left her early experience and passion for public service and safety behind. She continued to build her knowledge and first-hand experience in the field of safety and public service with a 7-year stint as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Chatham Emergency Squad in Chatham, New Jersey. NHTSA presents the opportunity to bring her research, leadership, and safety experience to the agency.

Rajiv Das

Chief Security Officer for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan


In Rajiv Das’ current position as Chief Security Officer for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan, Das plays a vital role as a member of the senior Information Technology (IT) Leadership team. Das is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the State of Michigan information and IT assets, as well as the following key assignments:  Develop and deliver the tactical and strategic plan initiatives for cyber and infrastructure security; Grow and enable the cyber security team with appropriate skills set and emerging technologies for tactical and long-term needs; Collaborate with state, federal and private sector/corporate partners for cyber security initiatives.

As a senior IT leader with broad-based management consulting experience who specializes in transforming organizations, Das accelerates organization performance by defining strategies that align IT with the business, and driving large scale program implementations, technology integration, involving cross-functional, multi-vendor, and teams with large operating budgets. Das is a collaborative and innovative business partner who builds and motivates highly successful teams and leaders to exceed customer expectations.


Das has delivered large-scale programs such as Delivery Executive (healthcare), transformed organization (Teamster Welfare Fund) as a Chief Information Officer, and delivered business strategy and center of excellence to agencies as General Manager at the State of Michigan.  In addition, he also is an adjunct faculty teaching graduate level courses on “Big Data” at Oakland University School of Business in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  His expertise spans over finance, healthcare and public sector verticals for large scale system integration, ERP implementation, business intelligence operation, etc.


Das offers thought leadership in assisting institutions with cyber security strategy framework and implementation.  He is an alumnus of Michigan State University – Eli Broad College of Business, where he earned his MBA and is a resident of Okemos, Michigan.

Mike McConnell

Retired Vice Admiral, USN and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton


Mike McConnell is a retired Vice Admiral, USN and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton where he served on the firm’s Leadership Team and led the firm’s intelligence and cyber security business. After retiring from the US Navy in 1996, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen, to lead development of the firm’s Information Assurance and Intelligence business focused on policy, operations, transformation, homeland security, intelligence analytics and counter-terrorism.


Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI, a position of cabinet rank, and a member of the White House National Security Council for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. As the DNI he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community – an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual budget of over $50B. During this time, he had extensive interactions with the White House, the President’s Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community.  In 2009, Mr. McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm’s Intelligence business.  In 2011 he was elevated to the position of Vice Chairman of the firm.


Mr. McConnell’s career has spanned over 50 years focused on international and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security.  During Operation Desert Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet officials, Congress, and a broad array of military and civil intelligence agencies.


Mr. McConnell interest since his service as Director of NSA in 1992-96, has been to improve the cyber security posture of businesses and government agencies around the globe to better protect them from hackers, criminals, terrorists and nation states focused on economic espionage or destruction of vital data. He was successful during his time serving as the DNI to get two U.S. Presidents and the U.S. Congress to invest substantially, at the multi-Billion Dollar level, to improve cyber security standards for the US.

Since his retirement from Booz Allen in 2014, Mr. McConnell has served on the Board of Directors or Advisors to a number of start-up companies to develop new technology and capabilities for improved cybersecurity posture. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors to Florida’s state-wide Academic Cyber Security Center of Excellence based at the University of South Florida in Tampa and he currently serves on the US based Board of Directors of Nokia for US based business operations.


In addition to having been awarded many of the nation’s highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has twice received the nation’s highest award for service in the US Intelligence Community, once from President Clinton and once from President George W. Bush. He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA’s William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.


Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. McConnell has also been awarded three Honorary Doctorate degrees – the most recent from George Washington University in 2008.

Yuval Weisglass

Vice President, R&D, Automotive Cyber Security, HARMAN

Yuval Weisglass is Vice President for R&D, Automotive Cyber Security at HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, cyber security solutions, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and services supporting the Internet of Things. Yuval joined HARMAN with the acquisition of TowerSec in January 2016 where he served as Co-Founder & CTO.

Yuval has over 15 years of experience in cyber security both as a security researcher and as a leader of R&D groups specializing in security-related innovation projects. Among Yuval’s unique expertise are: security research and security design of embedded systems, research of side-channel attacks on secured elements, security for cellular technology and long-time hobby of reverse engineering vehicle’s systems.

Before founding TowerSec in 2013, Yuval spent 11 years at the Israeli Security Agency where he held senior R&D management roles in the field of Cyber Security. Yuval is an alumni of the elite intelligence 8200 Unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as an officer in the field of advanced technology research.

Don Butler

Executive Director, Connected Vehicles, and Services, Ford Motor Company


Don Butler is executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company. At Ford, as part of the Mobility team, he is responsible for the company’s connectivity vision and strategy to deliver a human-centric experience inside and outside of the vehicle. He has held a variety of executive roles during his 30-year automotive career, including vice president, Global and OEM business for OnStar, GM’s telematics business; vice president, Marketing and Product Planning at INRIX, a vehicle traffic and data services start up; and vice president of Cadillac Marketing. Don holds an Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is based in Dearborn, Mich.