John Rennie (MI6 officer)

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John Rennie
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6)
Active 1968 - 1973
Rank Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service
Award(s) KCMG

Born 13 January 1914
Marylebone
Died 30 September 1981(1981-09-30) (aged 67)
Lambeth
Nationality British
Spouse Jennifer Margaret Wainwright
Children David Rennie
Occupation Intelligence officer
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

Sir John Ogilvy Rennie, KCMG (13 January 1914 – 30 September 1981), was the 6th Director of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1968 to 1973.

Career[edit]

Educated at Wellington College and Balliol College, Oxford, Rennie joined an advertising agency in New York in 1935.[1] During World War II he worked at an organisation in Baltimore combating German propaganda.[1]

In 1946 he joined the Foreign Office and was posted to Washington D.C. and then to Warsaw.[1] In 1953 he was appointed Head of the Information Research Department, a controversial body established to disseminate information about the dangers of Soviet-style communism.[1] During the Suez Crisis he chaired a committee established to disseminate British propaganda in the Middle East.[1] He was posted to Buenos Aires in 1958 and Washington D.C. in 1960.[1] He served on the Civil Service Commission in 1966.[1] Then in 1968 he was appointed Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[1]

On 15 January 1973, Rennie's son Charles and his daughter-in-law were arrested for an alleged involvement in the importation of large quantities of heroin from Hong Kong.[1] Rennie resigned not long afterwards.[1]

Another son is the The Economist columnist David Rennie.

He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1967.[1]

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Dick White
Chief of the SIS
1968–1973
Succeeded by
Sir Maurice Oldfield