ASIS Germany e. V. has honored Mr. Michael Schmidt, Head of Group Security Volkswagen, with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions and achievements in the field of security. At the annual conference of the ASIS German chapter in Berlin, the chairman of the board, Mr. Oliver C. Fein, handed over the German Chapter Trophy to Mr. Schmidt. In his speech, he described Mr. Schmidt as a “role model” in the field of security: „From a policeman to the Head of Security of a global company. That’s a remarkable career”, he said.
The current Chief Security Officer of Volkswagen Group started his career in 1979 as an ordinary policeman and progressed through career milestones at TNT Express, Deutsche Post AG, the former RWE AG and then at Volkswagen. “Mr. Schmidt has been working in the field of security for a number of decades and has helped to advance the field”, emphasized Fein. This is also clear from his numerous memberships and official positions in relevant security organizations, e.g. "Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie", "Allianz für Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft Norddeutschland" as well as Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Schmidt is also a „Liveryman of the City of London”.
In terms of content, he has also given important conceptual impetus to the industry, for example with the internationalization of corporate security and the concept of security as an essential factor in the business value chain. Fein particularly paid tribute to Schmidt's commitment to the training and promotion of the next generation of security experts. Schmidt has been working for several years as a lecturer as well as a member of advisory boards at several universities. These include, for example, the “Hochschule für Öffentliche Verwaltung Bremen” and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. “Michael Schmidt understands how to inspire young people for the field of security and how to give them the right knowledge and the right attitude”, Fein said.