Alex Younger starts role as new Secret Service chief

Alex Younger has today taken up his new role as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), taking over from Sir John Sawers, who retired after five years in the post. 


By Winnie Agbonlahor

03 Nov 2014

Younger, who was head of operations at SIS for the last two years, first joined the SIS as an intelligence officer in 1991 and has since held various roles, including overseas postings in Europe and the Middle East, plus the job of senior SIS officer in Afghanistan.

He also led the secret service’s work on counter-terrorism in the three years running up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Younger said that he is “delighted and honoured” about his appointment and added: “I would like to pay tribute to John Sawers for his lifetime’s dedication to the country. He brought us into a new era, and I am determined to build on this and bring my ideas for a modern [secret] service to life.”

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