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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

December 16, 2009


Leading the Central Intelligence Agency is a unique privilege, and, even before I was confirmed as Director, I recognized that I would be serving with some of the finest people in government. I have been able to count on a very strong team.

Among those on whom I rely each day is Associate Deputy Director Scott White, an accomplished intelligence officer who has served our country with distinction for 39 years. Scott had originally intended to retire this past summer, but, at my request, he agreed to postpone his departure until January. Steve Kappes and I will always be grateful that he did. This Agency and the Intelligence Community has benefited tremendously from Scott’s leadership. He brought sound management, creativity, and excellent people skills to every position he held, both inside and outside CIA. From his days as a manager of young analysts to those as the head of our largest directorate, the Directorate of Support, Scott showed what it means to be an intelligence professional. We will miss his talent, energy, and good humor, and wish him and his family the very best.

Stephanie O’Sullivan — an officer whose passion for our mission is surpassed only by her skill in executing it — will become our new Associate Deputy Director. Since August 2005, Stephanie has led the Directorate of Science and Technology to remarkable success against our most urgent threats and hardest targets. She has managed complex, high-risk, high-payoff operations, working across directorate and agency lines and with private-sector partners. She is a great steward of resources and goes the extra mile to develop our people, giving officers at all levels opportunities to learn and grow. A civil engineer by training, Stephanie worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence and TRW before joining the CIA in 1995. Her deep expertise, insightful management, and devotion to colleagues make Stephanie perfectly suited for the No. 3 job in our Agency. Her qualifications to help guide the CIA into the future are outstanding.

Stephanie’s promotion gave us just the right reason to bring long-time officer Glenn Gaffney back to our Agency. He will be the next Director for Science and Technology. Since January 2008, Glenn has served as Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection. Prior to that, he was Stephanie’s deputy in the S&T. Glenn began his Agency career in 1986 as a technical analyst and gradually moved into clandestine technical operations. In the 1990s, he was part of the team that established the Clandestine Information Technology Office, the predecessor of today’s Information Operations Center. He later rose to Chief of IOC.  Glenn is an innovative, proven leader in applying science and technology to intelligence problems—just the right person to head our impressive cadre of technical experts.

This Agency is fortunate to have such a deep supply of talent and dedication within its ranks. Our nation is stronger and safer, thanks to the service of people like Scott, Stephanie, and Glenn. Please join me in thanking Scott for his many contributions to our essential mission and in congratulating Stephanie and Glenn on their new assignments.

Leon E. Panetta


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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 01:20 PM
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