Christopher Piehota, formerÂ director of the FBI‘s Terrorist Screening Center, has been appointed executive assistant director of the bureau’s science and technology branch.
FBI said MondayÂ the 21-year bureau veteranÂ will assume his new position in October and succeed Amy Hess, who will transition to a new roleÂ as special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.
Piehota joined the bureau in 1995 as a special agent atÂ the Newark Division, where he handledÂ international and domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destructionÂ investigations.
He also served as a member of the Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force.
He previouslyÂ worked as the special agent in charge of the Buffalo Division and held leadership roles withinÂ the counterterrorism and counterintelligence unitsÂ and the Northern Virginia Resident Agency.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller established theÂ science and technology branchÂ in 2006 to developÂ scientific methodsÂ and toolsÂ for the bureau toÂ address terrorist and criminal threats.