Principal – Sentinel LLC
Donald Pearce, a retired US federal agent, is an experienced investigator and subject matter expert on Strategic Trade Management and Export Control systems, with 30-plus years of government service in both domestic and international roles. Don established Sentinel LLC to provide guidance that keeps companies safe, compliant, and prosperous. He seeks every opportunity to work across a wide variety of stakeholders in enforcement, policy, and diplomatic affairs as a writer, public speaker, and instructor, presenting real-world scenarios to audiences on topics such as due diligence, supply-chain risk management, strategic trade control best practices, and investigative skills.
As the former Regional Export Control Officer (ECO) attached to the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, Don served as the principal Embassy advisor on dual-use export control issues, interfacing with regional governments and industry and conducting pre-license and post shipment verifications of U.S. goods and technology. This was his second overseas tour, having served previously as the ECO in Moscow, Russia from 2004 to 2007.
Mr. Pearce began his career with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in 1997, where he served as a Special Agent with the BIS Office of Export Enforcement – New York Field Office. From September 2001 to May 2004, Mr. Pearce was detailed to the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he led a criminal intelligence team investigating the 9/11 attacks, as well as contributing to several high-profile counterterrorism cases.
In 2010 Mr. Pearce was awarded the Commerce Department Silver Medal for investigative excellence in the PPG Industries case, which uncovered a conspiracy to supply specialty coatings for an unauthorized nuclear end-use in Pakistan. The resulting $3.75 million in criminal and administrative fines represent one of the largest monetary penalties for export violations in the history of BIS. Mr. Pearce has also been awarded the Commerce Department Gold Medal for his participation in protection operations for the Secretary of Commerce during his 2003 visits to Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan, and a Bronze Medal for his contributions to the Export Control Officer program.
Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.