John H. Austin Jr. founded iMask Intelligence after a decorated career in federal law enforcement, bringing his singular investigative expertise to the private sector.
iMask Intelligence is a full-service private investigative and business intelligence firm experienced in complex investigations. The firm’s services include background, confidential and corporate investigations, merger & acquisitions due diligence, intelligence analysis, and litigation support. The client service includes universities, corporations, executive recruiting firms, and law firms throughout the U.S.
Austin served the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for over two decades. There, he successfully investigated various aspects of domestic and international crime –from money laundering to narco-terrorism, corruption, and confidential matters. He won numerous awards for his work.
As a DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Austin led complex cases targeting the command and control of transnational criminal enterprises with national security implications. He headed up investigations into financial crimes, corruption, and global drug trafficking cases, all requiring intensive intelligence-gathering oversight. Under his supervision, his DEA team intercepted millions worth of illegal narcotics and drug-related money.
He holds Master’s degrees from London School of Economics,Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to those, he earned a B.A. from Temple University.
Austin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, alumnus of the Geneva Center for Security Policy –Executive in Residence program, and a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). At BENS, Austin worked on several committees in partnership with the U.S.Intelligence Community and Coast Guard on enterprise-wide challenges including workforce divisions among geographic locations and work disciplines. The committee worked on governance framework, mapping of particular agencies enterprises and possible approaches for redesign. His consulting and analyses have helped BENS present key policymakers with strategies to improve operational capabilities.
An avid supporter of the arts, he serves as a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Advisory committee on cultural engagement.