Frances Fragos Townsend

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated

Frances Fragos Townsend is executive vice president for worldwide government, legal, and business affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Townsend served as assistant to President George W. Bush for homeland security and counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. She also served as deputy national security advisor for combatting terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Ms. Townsend also spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a director of a number of public boards, including Freeport-McMoRan Inc., Western Union Co., and Scientific Games Corp, and she also serves on a number of private company boards, as well as several government advisory and nonprofit boards including the New York City Police Foundation, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, CSIS, and the Atlantic Council. Ms. Townsend is an on-air senior national security analyst for CBS News and regularly appears as a foreign policy, counterterrorism, and homeland security expert. She is based in New York, NY.