Joe Demarest, assistant director of the FBI‘s cyber division since June 2012, has been appointed to the newly-created position of associate executive assistant director for the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch.
The 27-year bureau veteran will provide technical leadership across the branch and work with federal, state and local intelligence and law enforcement agencies in his new position, FBI Director James Comey said Friday.
Demarest, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, joined the bureau in 1988 as an Anchorage-based special agent handling white collar, foreign counterintelligence, violent crime and illegal drug cases.
He transferred to the bureau’s New York office in 1990 to later become squad supervisor and acting assistant special agency in charge of the drug branch.
He also supervised the bureau’s investigation into the September 11, 2001, attacks as a shift commander before he was promoted to a unit chief role at FBI headquarters in 2002 and then led the international terrorism operations section within the counterterrorism division.
After that, he managed the international terrorism branch in New York and became a special agent for the counterterrorism unit until early 2008.
He also held an assistant director role in the New York division and returned to the Washington office in 2010 to lead the international operations division until his appointment at the cyber division.