A. B. Krongard

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Alvin Bernard "Buzzy" Krongard[1] (more commonly "A.B.", born c. 1936) was the Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was appointed by George Tenet on March 16, 2001.

The Executive Director is the third ranking position within the CIA and the incumbent functions essentially as the Chief Operating Officer of the Agency. For three years prior, Krongard had served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).

A longtime consultant to DCIs, Krongard joined the Agency full-time in February 1998, following a 29-year business career. During his private sector career, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Alex. Brown & Sons, the nation’s oldest investment banking firm, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Bankers Trust.

Krongard received an A.B. degree (1958) with honors from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. While at Princeton, Krongard played lacrosse. In 1980, he was inducted as a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.[2] Krongard played for the storied amateur Mount Washington Lacrosse Club.[3] He served three years of active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Krongard resigned from the CIA shortly after the arrival of DCI Porter Goss in September 2004. While at the CIA, he was the connection between Erik Prince of Blackwater Security Consulting and the CIA. Through his influence, Blackwater was able to receive its first black contract.[citation needed]

On March 18, 2005, Krongard was appointed as an outside US director to the Global Board of Directors organized to oversee and coordinate the worldwide operations of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms.

Family[edit]

Krongard is the brother of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard.[4] Unlike "Buzzy", Howard does not use his nickname ("Cookie") professionally.

Krongard is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and resides in Baltimore, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. He was married to the late Patricia A. Lion and has three adult sons including Alexander Lion Krongard (US Navy), Randall Harris Krongard (film maker).

Patrica Lion's sister, Margo Lion is a Broadway theatre producer.

On 31 July 2004 Krongard married Cheryl Gordon (née Cheryl Gruetzmacher), at that time a senior executive for Apollo Management.[5] She has since become a director of Legg Mason and US Airways.

Controversies[edit]

9/11[edit]

Krongard's name was brought up in conjunction with investigations into suspected 9/11-related insider trading because of timely Wall Street trades made through the investment bank he used to head, Alex. Brown.[6]

The 9/11 Commission Report stated:

"A single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda purchased 95 percent of the UAL puts on September 6 (2001) as part of a strategy that also included buying 115,000 shares of American on September 10. Similarly, much of the seemingly suspicious trading on September 10 was traced to a specific U.S.-based options trading newsletter…which recommended these trades."[7]

Blackwater[edit]

At a November 14, 2007 House oversight committee hearing about Blackwater, investigating allegations of improper interference by Krongard's brother, Howard, in Justice Department investigations of Blackwater and other State Department contractors, Chairman Henry Waxman stated that A. B. Krongard was on "Blackwater's advisory board".[8] Howard Krongard at first denied that his brother had any connection with Blackwater, saying:

I can tell you, very frankly, I am not aware of any financial interest or position he has with respect to Blackwater. When these ugly rumors started recently, I specifically asked him. I do not believe it is true that he is a member of the advisory board that you stated. And that's something I think I need to say.[9]

However, when confronted with a July 26 letter from Blackwater founder and CEO Erik Prince to Buzzy Krongard asking him to join Blackwater's advisory board, followed by a September 5 letter welcoming Krongard to the board and a report from Rep. Elijah Cummings stating that Buzz Krongard had been expected to attend a Blackwater board meeting earlier that week,[9] Krongard said he had called his brother during the ensuing break in the hearings and learned of this conflict of interest for the first time, saying "I'm not my brother's keeper, and we don't discuss our business with each other".[10] He then recused himself from the investigation.[9][10][11] Committee chairman Henry Waxman issued a memorandum [12] summarizing the discrepancies between the two brothers' recollections of what Buzzy told Howard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard J. Krongard
  2. ^ "Krongard, Alvin B.". US Lacrosse, Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-07. "Krongard . . . was captain of every team on which he ever played." 
  3. ^ Alvin B. Krongard Biography, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, retrieved May 26, 2010.
  4. ^ Kessler, Glenn; DeYoung, Karen (September 19, 2007). "State IG Accused of Averting Probes". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Cheryl Gordon, A. B. Krongard". The New York Times. August 1, 2004. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly Into The CIA's Highest Ranks
  7. ^ Norton, W.W. (2004). 9/11 Commission Report. p. 499. 
  8. ^ TPMmuckraker | Talking Points Memo | Waxman: State IG's Brother Sits on Blackwater's Advisory Board
  9. ^ a b c Brother of State Dept. Official Linked to Blackwater, Matthew Jaffe, ABC News, November 14, 2007
  10. ^ a b Kelley, Matt (November 14, 2007). "State Dept. official withdraws from Blackwater probe". USA Today. 
  11. ^ "State Dept. inspector-general bows out of Blackwater probe - CNN.com". CNN. November 14, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ The ballad of Cookie and Buzzy Krongard. - By Bonnie Goldstein - Slate Magazine