Matthew R. Bettenhausen is the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for AEG Worldwide. AEG is the leading sports and entertainment presenter in the world. They own or manage over 120 sports, entertainment and convention center venues such as STAPLES Center, the LA Convention Center and the LA Live entertainment district in Los Angeles. They own sports franchises in professional basketball, hockey, and soccer. AEG Presents is the second largest promoter of concerts, live tours and special events in the United States. Matt has overall responsibility for security, safety and preparedness for AEG’s domestic and global operations and facilities.
Matt is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP); an attorney (Illinois/Federal bars) and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.
Previously, Matt was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to lead California’s homeland security and emergency management operations as the Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Matt was a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s cabinet for nearly six years and served as the Chairman of the California Emergency Council.
Prior to his appointment in California, Matt served as the first Director of State and Territorial Coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he was the Department’s representative to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and a member of both the Department’s Emergency Response Group and its Interagency Incident Management Team.
For over twelve years, Matt served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago where he investigated and prosecuted federal criminal offenses, including terrorism cases. He was also appointed Deputy Governor of Illinois and served as the State’s first Homeland Security Advisor.