Katherine Hibbs Pherson and Randolph H. Pherson pioneered the development of critical thinking skills and structured analytic techniques during their careers in the US intelligence community. They founded Globalytica in 2010, with a vision to build and enhance analytic cultures around the world.
Their library of publications have become the industry-standard texts on structured analytic techniques, and are used by analysts in commercial, government, and academic organizations in more than 40 countries.
KATHERINE HIBBS PHERSON,
Ms. Pherson is also CEO of Pherson Associates and a founding Director of the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence. She consults with government and private industry on building strong analytic communities, the use of structured analytic techniques, and security issues. She teaches certificate courses on structured thinking and presentation for ASIS International and in the Intelligence Masters program at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Pherson serves as Vice Chair of the Intelligence and National Security Association.
Ms. Pherson retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2000 after a 27-year career in intelligence and security analysis and resource management. Her leadership led to the adoption of a risk management methodology, the strengthening of overseas security countermeasures, and improvements in dealing with unsolicited contacts. As head of the Director of Central Intelligence’s Center for Security Evaluation, she managed the Intelligence Community’s involvement in rebuilding the penetrated US Embassy in Moscow. She is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Community’s National Distinguished Service Medal.
RANDOLPH H. PHERSON,
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pherson also President of Pherson Associates and a founding Director of the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence. He helps businesses and governments develop robust analytic capabilities within their organizations. He collaborated with Richards J. Heuer, Jr. in launching the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) method. He has taught courses at the London School of Economics; Liverpool Hope University, England; the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid; and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He developed and holds the patent for a suite of collaborative, analytic web-based software tools.
Mr. Pherson retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2000 after a 28-year career in the Intelligence Community, most recently serving as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Latin America. Previously at CIA, Mr. Pherson managed the production of intelligence analysis on topics ranging from global instability to Latin America, served on the Inspector General’s staff and developed and implemented a strategic planning process for the CIA. He is the recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.