VP, Education, Policy & Controls
Mr. Edmundo Apodaca provides the company with in-depth global perspectives, especially of Latin American affairs coupled with a Security background. After completing a three-year tour with the U.S. Army, Mr. Apodaca worked with the Department of Justice, U.S. Border Patrol on the U.S. Mexico border in California while attending university. Upon completion of studies in Criminology and Law Enforcement, Mr. Apodaca entered service with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where he spent the next 24 years. While at the DEA he was selected to attend the yearlong postgraduate course of Hemispheric Security at the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) in Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. While at the IADC Mr. Apodaca collaborated with military and political officers from all of Latin America and became very familiar with the beneficial workings of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other internationally sponsored Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). After graduating from IADC, Mr. Apodaca was selected as the DEA Country Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru where he led a team of over 200 Peruvian National policemen along with 20 DEA agents in creating sustainable drug control programs and enforcing narcotics laws. He was the chief advisor to the U.S. ambassador on all counter-narcotics enforcement matters and worked closely with the USAID Director to implement collaborative development programs.
After retirement from DEA, Mr. Apodaca was employed by Baker Hughes Inc., a multi-national oilfield services company as its International Security Manager. Mr. Apodaca’s duties took him to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America implementing security programs for expatriate employees. With the company’s growth and with Mr. Apodaca’s knowledge of Latin America, he was named Director of Security for the Latin America Region based in Bogota, Colombia. On many occasions Mr. Apodaca dealt with indigenous tribes opposing oilfield development in Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. During his tenure with Baker Hughes he successfully negotiated the release of kidnapped expatriate employees on three separate occasions.