M. BALD NAMED EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM
Washington D.C. - Director Robert S. Mueller, III,
is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary M.
Bald as Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Counterterrorism
and Counterintelligence. Mr. Bald currently serves
as Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division
and previously served as the Special Agent in Charge
of the FBI’s Baltimore field office.
Director Mueller said, “Gary Bald has led
our counterterrorism efforts through two periods
of heightened threat. He has moved forward our reengineering
efforts to improve our ability to prevent terrorist
attacks. And under his leadership, our counterterrorism
efforts have become more proactive, intelligence
driven, and integrated with our partners than ever
before. I look forward to working with Gary as he
continues the important work of our top two priority
Mr. Bald brings a wide range of operational and
management experience to the EAD position. He began
his career with the FBI in October 1977 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 at FBI Headquarters
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 at Headquarters where he was responsible
for evaluating the operational and administrative
effectiveness of FBI field, Headquarters, and Legal
Attaché 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
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, and all FBI investigative
matters conducted in the northern region of Georgia.
In January 1999, Mr. Bald was detailed to the Criminal
Division at Headquarters, and later to the Inspection
Division, 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 that
assignment he oversaw the FBI’s efforts in
the Washington-area sniper investigation in the
fall of 2002.
In November 2003, Mr. Bald was selected by Director
Mueller to be the Deputy Assistant Director for
Counterterrorism Operations, Counterterrorism Division,
a position with national program management responsibility
for all international and domestic terrorism investigations,
including those involving weapons of mass destruction.
He was named Acting Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism
Division in December 2003 and formally assumed the
position of Assistant Director in March 2004.