The CIA on Friday is called Elizabeth Kimber to drive that part of the agency recruiting spies abroad, collecting intelligence and engaging in secret actions.
Kimber will be the first woman to lead the agency’s secret service, known as Operations Directorate, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“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 operations directorate,” said Bretagne Bramell, CIA Director of Public Affairs.
Details of Kimber’s career are scarce, with Journal notes that her LinkedIn page just says she is a “Senior National Security Executive” who graduated from Hamilton College and speaks French.
A former CIA officer who worked with Kimber told the newspaper that “she has a very high intellect ̵
1; not only in terms of the operational commerce where our work is based but also on understanding the world.”
Kimber’s appointment as women will hold a number of top national security agencies.
Gina Haspel was confirmed as director of the CIA in May and Sue Gordon was sworn in as Chief Director of National Intelligence last year.