Kimber, a 34-year-old veteran of the Agency, is currently Deputy Chief of Europe and Eurasia Mission Center and took a further role in the transition of CIA leader Gina Haspel, who served as Deputy CEO of the CIA.
In its new role, Kimber will lead the CIA’s efforts to “strengthen national security and foreign policy goals through the homeless collection of human intelligence and by conducting covert action according to the chairman,” according to the agency.
“With nearly 34 years of experience and proven ability to deliver with an impact on CIA’s operational mission, Beth Kimber will be an exceptional leader of our business directorate,” said Brittany Bramell, CIA Director of Public Affairs, CNN in a statement.
During his career at the CIA, Kimber spent time at the agency’s so-called “Russian group” focusing on secret activities that involve Russian goals and services. She will enter into her new leadership role at a time of increased tension between Washington and Moscow.
Haspel was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a CIA director in May when she replaced Mike Pompeo after being appointed Secretary of State of Donald Trump.
CBS News was the first to report that Kimber was named to lead the CIA’s operational and analytical efforts.