Gregory B. Starr

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Gregory Starr
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 1, 2013
Acting: February 1, 2013 – November 19, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Eric Boswell
In office
November 1, 2007 – July 8, 2008
Acting
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Richard Griffin
Succeeded by Eric Boswell
Director of the Diplomatic Security Service
In office
February 1, 2013 – November 19, 2013
Acting
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Scott Bultrowicz
Succeeded by Bill Miller
In office
April 2007 – May 6, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Joe Morton
Succeeded by Patrick Donovan (Acting)
United Nations Undersecretary General for Safety and Security
In office
May 6, 2009 – January 11, 2013
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Preceded by David Veness
Succeeded by Kevin Kennedy (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1953-02-03) February 3, 1953 (age 62)
Alma mater George Washington University

Gregory B. Starr was most recently the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security. He was selected by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on May 6, 2009.[1]

Prior to his appointment with the United Nations, Starr was the Director of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) from March 1, 2007. Starr also served as the acting Assistant Secretary of State for DS from October 2007 to July 2008. Starr became a Special Agent and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980.

His overseas assignments include Senior Regional Security Officer (RSO) at the U.S. Embassy to Israel (1997–2000), Regional Security Officer positions in Tunisia, Senegal and Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). His awards include several Senior Foreign Service Performance and Superior and Meritorious Honor awards.

In January 2013 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the interim replacement for Mr. Starr. Mr. Starr's pending departure had been announced the previous August. [2]

On February 1, 2013 it was announced that Mr. Starr has again assumed the responsibility of Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and will also serve as the acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

On July 31st, 2013 President Obama Announced that he was formally nominating Mr. Starr for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.[3]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joe Morton
Director of the Diplomatic Security Service
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Patrick Donovan
Acting
Preceded by
David Veness
United Nations Undersecretary General for Safety and Security
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Kennedy
Acting
Preceded by
Scott Bultrowicz
Director of the Diplomatic Security Service
Acting

2013
Succeeded by
Bill Miller
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Griffin
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
Acting

2007–2008
Succeeded by
Eric Boswell
Preceded by
Eric Boswell
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
2013–present
Incumbent