Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller has announced executive-level appointments in the Cyber and International Operations Divisions at FBI Headquarters.
Joseph Demarest will move to the Cyber Division as assistant director. Demarest began his career as a special agent in 1988 in the Anchorage and New York field offices, where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, counterintelligence and drug cases, FBI said. He later served as unit chief and acting section chief in the International Terrorism Operations Section.
During his career, Demarest also served as special agent in charge for counterterrorism in the International Terrorism Branch.
“Joe brings a mix of management expertise, operational experience and vision to the cyber program,” Mueller said. “I am confident that, under his leadership, the Cyber Division will continue to sharpen its strategic focus and strengthen its operational impact at home and abroad.”
Mueller also announced the appointment of Michael Welch as assistant director of the International Operations Division. Previously, Welch served as special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office and section chief of the Office of International Operations. He also held positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the field offices of Kansas City, Miami and Washington.
“In his role as assistant director, Mike will be responsible for hundreds of employees at Headquarters and in 78 locations around the world. His experience in criminal matters and his prior leadership role in International Operations make him the right person for this job,” Mueller said.