Stratfor Hires Industry Veteran to Guide Next Phase of Growth


AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stratfor, the world’s leading geopolitical risk analysis company, has recently hired a new senior executive to help expand the company’s presence in global markets. Ted Obenchain will serve as Vice President of Business Development and oversee a diverse strategic growth portfolio for the firm. A 20-year veteran of the global security industry, Obenchain is formerly a partner and member of the leadership team at Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, and previously led the defense and intelligence business at IHS Markit, a $4 billion data and analytics services company.

Stratfor President Chip Harmon noted, “As we enter our next phase of growth, we were seeking an industry veteran for our executive team. Ted’s background - both in understanding the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ dynamics of the risk management industry, plus his exposure to next-generation methods for aggregating human insight and open-source information, provides Stratfor the perfect complement to accelerate our market penetration and capture the opportunities we believe are in front of us.”

Remarking on his transition to the company, Obenchain said that “Stratfor is one of the most venerable brands in the risk management industry. With the launch and continued expansion of the firm’s intelligence offerings, Stratfor is in an excellent position for continued growth. I am excited to be a part of this company and help further its expansion in markets across the globe.”

Under Harmon’s leadership, and with financial backing provided by Dallas-based private equity firm Teakwood Capital, Stratfor has transitioned from a primarily B2C business to an enterprise-level B2B company during the last three years. Its client base has expanded to include some of the world’s largest multi-national corporations, asset management firms, national security agencies and educational institutions. The success of Stratfor Worldview and Stratfor Threat Lens as well as the firm’s premier Stratfor Advisory Services have established Stratfor as a critical resource for large- and mid-sized organizations internationally.

About Stratfor
As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. By leveraging a deep understanding of history, politics and geography in conjunction with the company’s unique geopolitical methodology, Stratfor delivers informed perspectives on today’s events and develops a more accurate view of the future.

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