Leadership Team

Pete Dordal


Pete Dordal, Jr, is the President of GardaWorld Federal Services (GWFS). He is an accomplished security management professional and business leader with over 35 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, private and public security, the intelligence community and entrepreneurial commercial endeavors. He’s been a senior executive at GardaWorld since 2008, having served in a number of progressive operational and leadership roles.

Pete joined GardaWorld from service with a select US government agency, where he provided highly specialized risk management services supporting the Global War on Terror. Earlier, Pete was the Director of Corporate Security at SPX Corporation, a multi-industrial Fortune 500 company, where he oversaw the security and risk management of 24,000 employees operating in 23 countries. In a dual-role he was also the President of SPX Security & Investigations, a commercial business unit that provided a range of security and investigative services to global corporate customers, the US government and other friendly foreign nations. In 1995, Pete founded The Potomac Group (PG&A), a boutique international security firm he grew to a multi-million dollar business and sold five years later to SPX Corporation.

He entered the private security industry in 1989 with Vance International, the premier executive protection and high-end security consultancy of its time. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations and training.

Pete has a Master’s Degree in Business from the McColl Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Security Administration. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government International Security Program. Pete sits on the boards of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), Executive Security International (ESI), the Investigative Management Group and the US-Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC).

Michael Pilon

Chief Financial and Administration Officer

Michael C. Pilon is the Chief Financial and Administration Officer of GardaWorld Federal Services. Mike has a proven history of achievement improving the performance of industry leaders in both the defense and commercial sectors. He is a trusted advisor and strategic partner to the GardaWorld Federal Services executive leadership team in the development and realization of strategic visions, growing business, promotion of core values, delivering financial results and fueling change.

Prior to joining GardaWorld Federal Services, Michael was the CFO of AECOM Government Services where he was responsible for the financial management of over $1B in annual revenues. During the time with AECOM, the government services group delivered significant improvements in margins and the best DSO’s in the business. Prior to AECOM, Michael spent 8 years with BAE Systems in various finance roles throughout the world.

Michael holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an Accounting Degree from Bryant University. Michael volunteers as basketball coach with the Catholic Youth Organization, Archdiocese of Washington, and as a volunteer baseball coach with the Southwestern Youth Association in Virginia.

Jim Winner

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary

Jim Winner is Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary for GardaWorld Federal Services. He is the senior executive responsible for legal, compliance, contracts, human resources, security and risk management.

Jim’s career includes over 20 years of public and private sector service as a lawyer and acquisition professional in the government contracting industry. Prior to joining GardaWorld, Jim served in legal and business executive leadership roles for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Northrop Grumman and ITT Corporation.

Prior to joining the private sector, Jim honorably served as an Air Force judge advocate and systems acquisition officer. Jim worked across multiple legal disciplines, including trial and appellate litigation, and began his acquisition career in the MILSATCOM Joint Program Office, where he supported major Department of Defense satellite communications programs, including DSCS, Milstar and Advanced EHF.

Jim is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Jim was serves as a board member for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as the National Capital Region Outstanding Chief Legal Officer for 2016 by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Michael O'Connell

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Michael O’Connell is the Senior Vice-President for Business Development at GardaWorld Federal Services. He is the senior executive responsible for all Business Development activities including Strategy, Capture and Solution Development.

Michael’s career includes over 23 years of Business Development and Project/Program Management in the government contracting industry. Prior to joining GardaWorld, Michael served in business executive leadership roles for several industry leading companies specializing in OCONUS Security Operations, Contingency Operations, Capacity Development and Post Conflict Operations. Michael has served as the PMO Program Manager for USG contracts operating in over 50 countries. These projects include over 40 US Embassy Security contracts, Weapons Reduction and Abatement operations, Humanitarian Demining projects, Capacity Development and Disaster Response. Michael spent over 10 years as a Project Engineer, Program Manager and Executive on USG CONUS contracts for the DOE/NNSA and DOD. His work focused on a wide range of complex, challenging projects including weapons sanitization support, conventional and chemical weapons demilitarization, facility decommissioning, explosives remediation, spent nuclear fuel solutions, technology development and integration.

Michael is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts (Boston) with degrees in both Engineering and Business.