Michael J. Heimbach is the Vice President of Global Security and Facilities Operations at ESPN. Assuming this role in 2015, he directs and manages ESPN global facilities, real estate, construction, and security operations for all ESPN owned and leased properties worldwide to include the oversight of 2,500 plus live events. Additionally, he manages ESPN’s Operating ($75M) and Capital ($45M) budgets for Global Operations.
Michael joined ESPN in 2009 as Vice President of Global Security & Safety. During his tenure, Michael developed and implemented multiple long-term change management initiatives that enhanced physical security measures and improved technology. He was also instrumental in the new build of the on-site child-care facility by incorporating internal and external security features.
Prior to joining ESPN, Michael was an FBI agent. He started as a Special Agent assigned to New Orleans in 1988, advanced into Senior Management in Washington, D.C. by the year 2000, and retired in 2009 as the Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division. Throughout his FBI career he managed and directed multiple facets of national and international intelligence and security including homeland security, domestic intelligence, counterterrorism, cyber-intelligence, law enforcement, threat assessment, policy management, and intelligence analysis. Additionally, Michael worked as a Police/K-9 officer in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as well as served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army.
His professionalism, innovation, and service were consistently recognized throughout the Intelligence Community and he received numerous honors and awards including a 2008 nomination for Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2004, and a Director’s Award for Excellence in Management in 2000.
Michael is actively involved in community leadership and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Bristol, CT, Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Bristol Hospital Incorporator and as an Executive Champion for the ESPN Veterans Group. Michael is originally from Shamokin, PA and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Alvernia University where he is a Distinguished Alumni and member of the Presidential Advisory Board.