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Cody Shultz PCI, CCI

Cody Shultz PCI, CCI

Director, Investigations & Private Client Protection

Cody Shultz joined Guidepost Solutions in 2016 as a director in the Investigations and Private Client Protection practice. He is a former CIA officer who specializes in privacy matters, reputation management, civil and criminal litigation support, and discreet investigations for ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals and family offices.

Mr. Shultz is sought out as an expert for dealing with the unique challenges of UHNW families and routinely assists clients in matters such as: online vulnerability assessments, “fake news” or negative press suppression, active cyber threat monitoring, digital obfuscation, ransom and extortion response, business due diligence, and global executive protection.

He also works with enterprise clients on managing the privacy and security of their C-suite, focusing on the tax benefits available with IRS Code 132 and working condition fringes. He also assists clients with social media unmasking, to identify digital bullies and cyber criminals who harass or make online threats against executives and their families. Mr. Shultz has written several articles on these subjects and his work has been featured in Security Magazine and Security Info Watch.

He holds a Professional Certified Investigator certification through ASIS International and is a Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Shultz was the senior investigator for ACT, Inc., where he brought his experience as a federal investigator to the educational testing industry. He stood up an entirely new investigative division, responsible for international security matters, which included intellectual property protection, developing country-specific risk assessments, creating, and deploying data analytics to detect testing misconduct, and managing ACT’s global hotline reporting system.

Mr. Shultz began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Throughout his tenure, he performed personnel security, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations in Eastern Europe, South America, and the Near East.

While at Guidepost, Mr. Shultz:

  • Oversaw an engagement investigating a competitor’s global publication of “fake news” stories to damage the client’s reputation in an attempt to make the client acquiesce to an unfavorable business deal
  • Led a multi-year investigation into organized crime’s use of fraudulent passports to steal a company’s intellectual property, ultimately leading to the arrest of fourteen individuals in India, Turkey, Thailand and the Philippines
  • Managed a politically sensitive bribery investigation in Latin America where a local mayor demanded “facilitation fees” to grant permits for a client’s ongoing facility construction
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a non-profit organization to determine whether an officer of the organization had misappropriated funds
  • Led an investigation on purported third-party industrial sabotage and workplace violence at a client’s facility that ultimately revealed the locally hired security team was behind the events
  • Oversaw an investigation of disgruntled employees’ blackmail attempt to poison the client’s food products unless certain conditions were met.

Mr. Shultz was also actively involved in two federally appointed monitorships for a publicly traded automotive company and the largest public housing authority in the US.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Philosophy, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Expected 2025

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Professional Certified Investigator
  • Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator
  • Reid Technique of Investigations and Interrogations
  • Counterintelligence Operations

Cody Shultz joined Guidepost Solutions in 2016 as a director in the Investigations and Private Client Protection practice. He is a former CIA officer who specializes in privacy matters, reputation management, civil and criminal litigation support, and discreet investigations for ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals and family offices.

Mr. Shultz is sought out as an expert for dealing with the unique challenges of UHNW families and routinely assists clients in matters such as: online vulnerability assessments, “fake news” or negative press suppression, active cyber threat monitoring, digital obfuscation, ransom and extortion response, business due diligence, and global executive protection.

He also works with enterprise clients on managing the privacy and security of their C-suite, focusing on the tax benefits available with IRS Code 132 and working condition fringes. He also assists clients with social media unmasking, to identify digital bullies and cyber criminals who harass or make online threats against executives and their families. Mr. Shultz has written several articles on these subjects and his work has been featured in Security Magazine and Security Info Watch.

He holds a Professional Certified Investigator certification through ASIS International and is a Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Shultz was the senior investigator for ACT, Inc., where he brought his experience as a federal investigator to the educational testing industry. He stood up an entirely new investigative division, responsible for international security matters, which included intellectual property protection, developing country-specific risk assessments, creating, and deploying data analytics to detect testing misconduct, and managing ACT’s global hotline reporting system.

Mr. Shultz began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Throughout his tenure, he performed personnel security, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations in Eastern Europe, South America, and the Near East.

While at Guidepost, Mr. Shultz:

  • Oversaw an engagement investigating a competitor’s global publication of “fake news” stories to damage the client’s reputation in an attempt to make the client acquiesce to an unfavorable business deal
  • Led a multi-year investigation into organized crime’s use of fraudulent passports to steal a company’s intellectual property, ultimately leading to the arrest of fourteen individuals in India, Turkey, Thailand and the Philippines
  • Managed a politically sensitive bribery investigation in Latin America where a local mayor demanded “facilitation fees” to grant permits for a client’s ongoing facility construction
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a non-profit organization to determine whether an officer of the organization had misappropriated funds
  • Led an investigation on purported third-party industrial sabotage and workplace violence at a client’s facility that ultimately revealed the locally hired security team was behind the events
  • Oversaw an investigation of disgruntled employees’ blackmail attempt to poison the client’s food products unless certain conditions were met.

Mr. Shultz was also actively involved in two federally appointed monitorships for a publicly traded automotive company and the largest public housing authority in the US.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Philosophy, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Expected 2025

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Professional Certified Investigator
  • Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator
  • Reid Technique of Investigations and Interrogations
  • Counterintelligence Operations