Executive Team


Kenneth J. Peterson
Founder and CEO, Churchill & Harriman, Inc.


My Bio

Ken Peterson has more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing enterprise risk management and human resources consulting solutions. Peterson founded Churchill & Harriman (C&H) in 1986. Beginning in 1997, C&H has developed and implemented enterprise risk management and third-party risk management solutions for large enterprises. C&H helps clients select and implement controls, processes and tools that identify, measure and manage enterprise risk.

Under Peterson’s leadership, C&H advises clients on enterprise risk strategy and is entrusted by healthcare and financial services clients to settle global regulatory findings. C&H protects and enables enterprise and government agencies’ critical infrastructure. C&H also serves Fortune 100 clients in healthcare, defense, entertainment, finance, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, mobile commerce, technology and transportation. Under Peterson’s stewardship, C&H has executed thousands of third-party risk assessments globally beginning in 1998.

C&H is an Assessment Firm Member of the Shared Assessments (SA) Program, actively contributing to the AUP, the SIG, the Technical Development Committee and public outreach programs. Peterson serves on the SA Program’s Steering Committee, External Advisory Board and as the formal liaison between these two bodies. Peterson was also an original President’s Leadership Team Member for the PhRMA-sponsored SAFE-BioPharma Association; C&H consults to the Association and its members.

Peterson is an active leader in the international standards community and C&H earned the distinction of being the first approved ISO 27001 and BS 25999 (ISO 22301) Associate Consultancy by a leading global registrar.

Peterson and Churchill & Harriman are privileged to support several charities, including the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Plan International USA, Special Operations Fund, The Earth Institute and UNICEF.

Joseph Guddat
Vice President, Operations, Churchill & Harriman, Inc.

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My Bio

Joseph Guddat is Vice President of Operations at Churchill & Harriman. Guddat has more than 15 years of experience providing IT strategic planning, delivery and operations within the financial sector, including successfully guiding sizeable, cross-functional teams in the design, implementation and integration of high-performance enterprise technology services to meet business, financial and market demands.

Guddat joins Churchill & Harriman from his most recent role as an independent technology and management consultant for Barclays, CR Bard, NYC Health and Hospital Corp, Dow Jones and Compucom. Guddat was previously the SVP and Global Head of End User computing and integration efforts at Marsh & McLennan where he was responsible for strategy and management of the Global Service Desk, Desktop Support, and Software Deployment. Guddat previously served as Vice President with Credit Suisse where he was responsible for a portfolio of projects and services within the Workspace platform throughout the region. He was also responsible for managing senior customer relationships at a senior CxO level, identifying client requirements and advocating those requirements across the organization leading to new financial services operating models for the Integration Management team focused on improving business performance levels for clients.

Previously Guddat was a Service Delivery Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he managed End User Computing for the Americas. Notable efforts include the outsourcing of services and the maturity of those efforts, the integration of infrastructure leading to the merger of Hotchkiss and Wiley as well as the separation of infrastructure during the divestiture of the MILM division from Merrill Lynch to Blackrock.

Guddat holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University, Tampa, Florida.

Donald Williams
Principal Consultant, Churchill & Harriman, Inc.

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My Bio

Donald Williams is a Principal Consultant for Churchill & Harriman, Inc. For more than seven years Williams has managed all aspects of the organization’s delivery services, internal financial management and development of Churchill & Harriman’s Vendor Assessment Program, Risk Management Program and ISO 27001 Certification Services Program. Before his time as Senior Consultant, Mr. Williams spent two years as Service Delivery Manager.

During this time he has integrated the Shared Assessments program’s Standard Information Gathering (SIG) tools and the Agreed-Upon Procedures (AUP) assessment into C&H’s service offerings. He was a participant to the Shared Assessments’ 2010 publication, Evaluating Cloud Risk for the Enterprise: A Shared Assessments Guide. Williams has also pioneered the combining of an AUP with a NIST SP 800-53 assessment in order to enable clients to meet multiple contractual and regulatory requirements.

For more than 20 years, Donald E. Williams has successfully led service and technical teams responsible for the largest revenue-generating programs in top global organizations. Williams is well respected for creating operational programs that result in increased efficiency, tremendous cost savings and significant profitability.

Previously Williams worked as a Program Director for ProcureStaff, Ltd., managing and supervising a 27-person service delivery team. Williams led the company’s largest team, supporting its largest client. Williams has also successfully led services programs with ThruPoint, Inc. and Cabletron Systems, Inc.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He also is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, (2009-2014), CTRP