FBI Promotes New Faces to Cyber and IT Positions

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) welcomed several new faces to cybersecurity and IT leadership positions on Monday, as FBI Director Christopher Wray announced four appointments to leadership positions.

Amy Hess was named executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Hess has held multiple leadership positions in the FBI, previously serving as the assistant director of the Operational Technology Division from 2011-2014, and as the executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch from 2014-2016.

Matt Gorham will move into role of assistant director of the Cyber Division. Most recently in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Gorham previously served as director of the National Cyber Joint Task Force within the Cyber Division. He will take control of a growing and proactive cybersecurity approach with task forces at all 56 FBI field offices, as deputy assistant director Howard Marshall noted in June at the Akamai Government Forum.

Michael Gavin was appointed assistant director of the IT Applications and Data Division. Most recently in charge of the Memphis field office, Gavin brings a history of leadership in multiple FBI positions, including section chief of the Operational Support Section.

Finally, Wray named Marlin Ritzman assistant director of the information management division. Ritzman has served as the assault team leader for the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, chief of the Transnational Organized Crime-Western Hemisphere section within the agency, and most recently as the head of the Anchorage field office.

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