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Director's Statement: Senior Leadership Changes

Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on Senior Leadership Changes


It is a fact of life in government that our finest people must often move on to the positions where our country needs them most. In this case, our partners throughout the Intelligence Community will benefit from the deep knowledge and broad experience of one of the CIA’s most accomplished officers.

Stephanie L. O’Sullivan, who has served with distinction as our Associate Deputy Director, was confirmed by the Senate late last week as the next Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

As a leader, Stephanie has remained true to her calling as an engineer: She has applied great care and integrity to building a stronger, more capable CIA. A gifted manager in running our Agency’s day-to-day operations, Stephanie also lent her creativity and vision to setting our strategic goals, most notably in CIA 2015, our blueprint for the future. Whether improving the foreign language skills and diversity of our workforce, extending the reach of our technology, finding efficiencies in how we do our work, enhancing our global coverage and agility, or cultivating a deeper bench of leaders, she has advanced our highest priorities and set a course for continued success.

Stephanie is not only a formidable officer but a terrific person—a gracious colleague whose wise counsel and judgment have been invaluable to me. She can be very proud of her legacy of achievement at the CIA, and I look forward to working closely with Stephanie and DNI Clapper in making the Community even more effective at safeguarding our nation.

V. Sue Bromley, an Agency veteran of 28 years, will become our new Associate Deputy Director. Sue has served as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2009. As a former OMB director, I can attest to her exceptional skill and diligence in managing one of the most complex budgets in government.

Before that, Sue helped lead our analytic effort for two years as Deputy Director for Intelligence. She has made vital contributions to the fight against al-Qa’ida and its violent allies, both as Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center and as Chief of the Operations and Management Staff in the National Clandestine Service, where she helped plan, justify, and distribute a large increase in funding for counterterrorism operations after the September 11th attacks. Having served in a range of other Agency jobs, including as Deputy Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center, Sue is extraordinarily qualified to help lead the CIA at a time when there is no shortage of global challenges demanding our attention.

We are fortunate to have such outstanding officers at posts so critical to national security. Please join me in congratulating Stephanie and Sue on their new assignments.

Leon E. Panetta


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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 10:55 AM
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2013 01:29 PM