Robert Anderson Jr., an 18-year FBI veteran who has led the bureau’s counterintelligence division as assistant director since August 2012, has been promoted to an executive assistant director role.
Anderson will lead the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch at the Washington headquarters and be responsible for all criminal and cyber investigations, the FBI said Friday.
He succeeds Richard McFeely, who will retire from the FBI in April after a more than two-decade career.
Anderson will also oversee the FBI’s international operations, critical incident response and victim assistance functions.
Prior to his assistant director role, he served as deputy assistant director for operations in the counterintelligence division and is also a former special agent in-charge for the intelligence division at the bureau’s Washington field office, a role he started in 2010.
In that special agent role, he led work to collect, coordinate, produce and distribute intelligence information from the field office to FBI headquarters-based operations divisions and the intelligence community.
He also has served as chief of the counterespionage section at FBI headquarters and led the bureau’s investigation of convicted spies Harold James Nicholson.
Prior to that position, he served as assistant special agent in-charge of the Washington field office’s counterespionage branch and oversaw an investigation that led to the arrest of a U.S. citizen that was convicted of spying on behalf of China, the FBI said.