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C. Frank Figliuzzi Appointed as Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division

Washington, D.C. February 07, 2011
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Connecticut native C. Frank Figliuzzi assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. Mr. Figliuzzi has been the division’s deputy assistant director since November 2010.

“Frank is a seasoned investigator and an experienced manager, and he knows the threats the FBI and our country face. He’s well-suited to lead our Counterintelligence Division and keep our nation safe from those individuals and groups that would do it harm,” said Director Mueller.

Mr. Figliuzzi was appointed an FBI special agent in August 1987 and assigned to the Atlanta Division, where he worked terrorism and foreign counterintelligence investigations. In 1992, he was promoted to the National Security Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for oversight of economic espionage matters.

In 1995, Mr. Figliuzzi was named supervisory senior resident agent of the Palo Alto Resident Agency in the FBI’s San Francisco Division. His office, near Silicon Valley, led the FBI in investigations of foreign-sponsored thefts of trade secrets. In 1997, Mr. Figliuzzi was tasked to lead one of the FBI’s first squads exclusively devoted to crimes against children.

In 1998, Mr. Figliuzzi was promoted to unit chief in the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI Headquarters. He adjudicated allegations of serious misconduct against FBI personnel. In 1999, Mr. Figliuzzi was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Division, where he led the white-collar crime branch and its successful investigations of public corruption and corporate fraud. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Mr. Figliuzzi was selected to head FBI Miami’s new counterterrorism branch. He led the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force and was on-scene commander following the anthrax murder in Boca Raton, Florida.

In August 2004, Mr. Figliuzzi was promoted to inspector and led teams that assessed FBI operations around the world. In December 2005, Mr. Figliuzzi became the FBI’s chief inspector. He then served as the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division from 2006 to 2010.

Mr. Figliuzzi has a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Fairfield University. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s program for senior executives in national and international security at Harvard University.