Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2004

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691


Washington D.C. – Director Mueller is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary M. Bald as Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division. Mr. Bald has been Acting Assistant Director since December.

Mr. Bald began his career with the FBI in Washington, D.C. in October 1977, where he served in the Laboratory Division. In 1981, he was transferred to the Albany Division where he handled violent crime and drug matters. In 1984 he received a transfer to the Philadelphia Division, where he investigated corruption and drug matters. In 1989, he was transferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection Division, in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for conducting and directing investigations of internal misconduct. In 1991, he was transferred to the Newark Division, where he had supervisory responsibility for organized crime and drug matters.

In 1995, Mr. Bald was transferred to the Inspection Division, Washington, DC, where he was responsible for evaluating the operational and administrative effectiveness of FBI Field, Headquarters, and Legal Attache operations. In 1996, he was selected to be the Chief of the Policy, Planning and Analysis Unit, Criminal Investigative Division, where he managed the FBI's role in Drug Task Forces and coordinated the FBI's review and development of investigative policies.

In late 1996, Mr. Bald was selected to be an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Division. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing the FBI's organized crime and drug investigations throughout the state of Georgia. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing all FBI investigative matters conducted in the northern region of Georgia.

In January 1999, Mr. Bald was detailed to the Criminal Division, and later to the Inspection Division, FBIHQ, where he led the investigation of a high-profile Organized Crime/Corruption matter in the Boston Division relating to the James "Whitey" Bulgar case. In September 2002, Mr. Bald was named Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division, where he had responsibility for all FBI activities in the states of Maryland and Delaware. In November 2003, Mr. Bald was selected by Director Mueller to be the Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Operations, Counterterrorism Division, FBIHQ. This position has national program management responsibility for all international and domestic terrorism investigations, including those involving weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Bald has performed splendidly in this acting capacity and we’re confident he will do so as Assistant Director.