Director Michael Morell
Mr. Morell is one of the country’s most renowned national security professionals, most recently serving as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and twice as Acting Director. In his 30+ years at the Agency, he played a central role in the United States’ fight against terrorism, its initiatives to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the Arab Spring, the rise of China, and the cyber threat. As Deputy Director, he oversaw the Agency’s analytic and collection operations, and was one of the leaders in the search for and deliberations that led to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Morell served as Acting Director longer than anyone in the history of the CIA and served as a member of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee. He served as President George W. Bush’s intelligence briefer and as the Executive Assistant to CIA Director George J. Tenet. In July 2006, Mr. Morell was named the Executive Director of the CIA, overseeing the administration of the Agency working to strengthen the CIA’s leadership development program. In 2008, Mr. Morell became the Director for Intelligence at the Agency, leading the CIA’s large analytic effort, and strengthened the quality of CIA analysis and enhanced professional development opportunities for analysts. He served in this role until he was appointed Deputy Director in May 2010.
Throughout his career, Mr. Morell has received a number of awards including the Presidential Rank Award, the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the DoD Service Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Reform Medal, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, and four CIA Director’s Awards. Mr. Morell received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Akron and a M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.