Candice D Tal - CEO - Infortal Worldwide

Candice D. Tal

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Infortal Worldwide

As CEO of Infortal Worldwide, Candice Tal helps companies mitigate risks to their business, employees, and assets while maximizing operational success. With over 33 years’ expertise in the investigative field, she is one of the most highly-regarded subject matter experts on global due diligence investigations. She has been interviewed in numerous media and business publications and featured in the seminal, industry book Doing Compliance.

Candice founded Infortal in 1985 to combat the increasing security and risk challenges faced by companies in high growth Silicon Valley and high risk growth markets globally.

Infortal helps companies lessen corporate liability exposure by minimizing business risks. The company is known for its high-quality reputation and best practices work in board advisory, M&A due diligence, executive due diligence, FCPA compliance, complex security programs, and leads the highest industry standards in Global Background Checks and employment screening at all staff levels.

Under Candice’s innovative leadership, Infortal has completed over 2 million successful investigations in 160 different countries.

A licensed private investigator, she has grown her team of international investigators with a global reach that spans the U.S., Europe, Russia, China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Candice is an expert in governance, finance, employment, and business investigations. She is skilled in analyzing clients’ business needs and assessing a company’s compliance issues and corporate liability exposure.

Her entrepreneurial mindset and pursuit of excellence drives her to employ the latest technology and investigative techniques. She is a proven security expert and trusted business adviser with a track record of excellence in corporate investigations. Candice is held in high regard as a risk management specialist and thought leader in global due diligence investigations.


BSc (Hon) Science, Metropolitan University London (formerly Sir John Cass School of Science & Technology).

MS Science Coursework.

Leslie Horton, CFO

Leslie Horton

Chief Financial Officer and VP Finance

Leslie has served as Infortal Worldwide’s CFO and Vice President of Finance since 2001. In this pivotal executive role, Ms. Horton is chartered with finance, strategy, accounting, financial planning & analysis, legal and contract administration, management reporting, facilities, IT and risk management.

During her executive career, she has worked with well known Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies such as Apple Computer, Advanced Micro Devices and Synoptics Communications. While at Synoptics, she was a major contributor in an IPO and secondary public offering. Ms. Horton has also worked with a number of startups and emerging companies.

Leslie is the Founder and President of CFO As You Grow.  Leslie Horton created the CFO As You Grow and CFO For Exits designed for Northern California and Nevada executives/business owners who seek outside guidance in several key areas.

Ms. Horton is a successful entrepreneur, business strategist, business development expert, CFO and an M&A Advisor. Leslie has worked with Fortune 500 firms such as Bay Networks, Advanced Micro Devices and Apple Computer, as well as small and early stage companies.

Select accomplishments include:

Raising/facilitating $100+ Million in two public offerings, in funding through private placement with angel investors and venture capitalists, conducting a US and European road show and serving as a key contributor on two public offerings.

Creating innovative business development campaigns such as the one that accelerated revenue achievement via a server platform client’s “Who’s Who” customer advisory board and another for a hardware solution for backups. She has opened doors or strengthened the relationships for clients with such Fortune 500 companies as Google, Home Depot, Chevron, IBM, Juniper Networks among others .

Spearheading mergers & acquisitions to ensure rapid traction, market success and achieve shareholder objectives. She has negotiated with Fortune 500 firms while representing small clients from several industries including construction, high technology, manufacturing, specialized plastics and professional services.

Leslie is an executive, entrepreneur, CPA, M&A Advisor (DRE #00941805 ) and a published journalist.


Leslie Horton completed her undergraduate work at CSU Northridge and received her MBA from Santa Clara University and graduated summa cum laude in both programs.

Investigative Team

Infortal offers wide ranging expertise and perspective in addressing the critical financial, operational, organizational and sales issues that global enterprises and start-up companies must face in today’s global business environment.

We maintain an extensive affiliate network of over 800 top-level investigators and investigative firms both nationwide and internationally.

This high caliber network enables Infortal to rapidly deploy “in country” teams to conduct international business investigation to determine whether your trading partners are who they say they are and can produce or manufacture on a scalable basis for that region. Infortal’s network includes top agency owners in every country worldwide.

Infortal’s in-house managers and investigators have extensive experience working with clients on complex background investigations and are adept at interfacing with clients to address and respond to their most critical needs.  Our investigators are available to make presentations to, and conduct training with, our clients’ management teams and staff on a variety of relevant topics including board advisory, business risk mitigation, FCPA investigations, executive due diligence, background checks, and workplace violence protection services.

Infortal has completed 2 million investigations globally utilizing a conservative, high-quality approach to investigative services, with extensive experience in business due diligence investigations, workplace violence investigations, focused on rapid deployment and accurate, meaningful results.

Our team of professionals includes individuals representing a wide-range of specialty skills:

  • Employment screening specialists

  • Experienced investigators

  • Forensic accountants

  • Computer security specialists

  • Forensic document examiners

  • Certified Fraud Examiners CFE’s

  • Specialists in international security and investigations

  • Armed Protection Specialists

  • Forensic psychologists

  • Facility security specialists

  • Surveillance and undercover specialists

  • Court researchers

Certifications & Memberships

California Association of Licensed Investigators 300

Licensed Investigator PI 15304 CA | California Association of Licensed Investigators


National Association of Corporate Directors


Firestorm Expert Council Member


Society of Corporate Governance

Risk Assistance Network Exchange

Risk Assessment Network Exchange


Certified WBE Women Owned Business Enterprise

World Association of Detectives

World Association of Detectives, Board Member