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James McJunkin

VP, Enterprise Threat and Intelligence Management & CISO - Discover Financial Services


Mr. James W. McJunkin is a Vice President/CISO at Discover Financial Services. He is responsible for second-line risk management of Information Security and all aspects of Security and Investigations, enterprise-wide. He is a graduate of Penn State University, and received his CISO certification from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. McJunkin oversees the following core areas of responsibility: Information Security, Financial Crimes Detection, Internal Investigations, Business Continuity Planning, Security Operations, Executive Protection, Background Investigation and Workplace Violence Prevention for Discover, globally. 

Prior to Discover, Mr. McJunkin spent nearly 30 years in state and federal government as a law enforcement professional.  He began his career as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police and then became a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  He served as a field agent in both the San Antonio and Atlanta Field Offices, along with the position of Supervisory Senior Resident Agent while assigned to the Atlanta Field Office. 

After the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. McJunkin was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) where, over the course of nearly ten years, he held the ascending positions of Unit Chief, Assistant Section Chief, Section Chief, Deputy Assistant Director, and Assistant Director at FBIHQ; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Acting Special Agent, and Assistant Director in charge of the Washington Field Office. 

Mr. McJunkin’s federal law enforcement career culminated with his service in significant senior executive leadership positions of Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division and Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington (DC) Field Office.