Ronald Noble

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Ronald Noble
Ronald K. Noble - Cartagena, Colombia 2013.jpg
Noble at the 82nd General Assembly of Interpol in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2013
7th Secretary-General of Interpol
In office
3 November 2000 – 7 November 2014
Preceded by Raymond Kendall
Succeeded by Jürgen Stock
Personal details
Born Ronald Kenneth Noble
(1956-09-24) September 24, 1956 (age 61)
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater

Ronald Kenneth "Ron" Noble (born September 24, 1956)[citation needed] is an American law enforcement officer who served as the secretary-general of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) from 2000 to 2014. He became the organization's first American and youngest secretary-general at the time of his appointment. Prior to his time there, he worked as a public servant in various U.S. government agencies, including the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Department of Justice and the Treasury.

Life and career[edit]

1956–1982: Early life and education[edit]

Noble was born in Fort Dix, a United States Army post south-east of Trenton, New Jersey, to an African-American father and a German mother. He was raised in nearby Jobstown, where his father worked as a janitor after serving as a master sergeant in the army.[1][2] Noble attended Northern Burlington County Regional High School before graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration.[3][4][5] He later attended Stanford Law School, serving as an editor on the Stanford Law Review and graduating cum laude in 1982.[4][2]

1983–1999: Beginnings and public service[edit]

Noble began his career as a law clerk for the late A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, who persuaded him to enter public service.[1] In 1984, he became an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Edward S. G. Dennis, where he prosecuted several high-profile drug and corruption cases in Philadelphia.[3][6] He then moved to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in 1988 to work as a deputy assistant Attorney General and chief of staff for Dennis, who had been appointed the assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division under Attorney Generals Edwin Meese and Richard L. Thornburgh.[7][8] In 1993, Noble was appointed as the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, being placed in charge of the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Customs Service Office of Enforcement, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.[4][9] He was head of the department's "Waco Administrative Review Team", which produced a report on the ATF's actions against the Branch Davidians, leading to the Waco siege.[10]

In 1994, following a plane crash in the south lawn of the White House carried out by Frank Eugene Corder,[11] Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen directed Under Secretary Noble and Secret Service director Eljay B. Bowron to conduct a "thorough and comprehensive" investigation into the circumstances leading to the plane crash.[12][13] In 1995, a public report of the White House Security Review was published, with President Bill Clinton accepting all its recommendations and announcing the closure of the portion of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on May 21, 1995, restricting movement only to pedestrian traffic to eliminate the threat of any potential car bomb or truck bomb attacks,[14] as well as changes to air traffic rules and other security measures.[13]

In 1996, Noble returned to the New York University School of Law, whose faculty he had joined three years earlier, to continue working as a tenured professor.[6] In 1998, he participated as a witness for the defence during the trial for the impeachment of Clinton.[15]

2000–2014: Interpol[edit]

Noble at the 6th Global Congress about combating piracy and counterfeiting in 2011

In 1998, with the support of Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI director Louis Freeh, Noble applied to become the secretary-general of Interpol and succeed incumbent Raymond Kendall.[3] On November 3, 2000, at the age of 44, Noble was elected to the position, becoming the first non-European, the first non-white, the first American, the first African-American and the youngest secretary-general in the organization's history.[9] On September 20, 2005, during Interpol's 74th General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, he was unanimously re-elected for a second five-year term, after having been unanimously nominated for the post by the organization's Executive Committee the previous year.[16] On November 9, 2010, Noble was re-elected again for a third term as secretary-general during the organization's 79th General Assembly in Doha, Qatar.[17] On November 7, 2014, he stepped down from the role and was succeeded by Jürgen Stock, who was unanimously elected during Interpol's 83rd General Assembly in Monaco.[18]

2015–present: Security consultancy[edit]

After his time with Interpol, Noble founded a multinational security consultancy firm, RKN Global DWC LLC, headquartered in Dubai, UAE.[19] In February 2016, the firm announced plans to build a security printing plant in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, in a project that would need funding of 89 million and employ 1,200 people.[20] However, on June 24, 2016, the firm rejected an investment subsidy of €18 million from the Government of Slovakia and withdrew the plans following political opposition to the project in the country, with the firm also fearing to move forward with the plans in the wake of Brexit.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Noble is married and has one son. A multilingual, he speaks French, Spanish and German in addition to English.[22]




  1. ^ Served as acting president
  1. ^ a b Jack Nelson (September 12, 1999). "Los Angeles Times Interview : Ronald Noble : The New Man From Interpol Brings a '90s Touch to Global Crime Fighting". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce Wadler (July 13, 1999). "PUBLIC LIVES; The Long Days of Interpol's New Top Sleuth". The New York Times. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Thomas Ginsberg (July 3, 1999). "Ex-u.s. Attorney In Phila. Will Head Interpol In The '80s, Ronald Noble Handled Several High-profile Cases. He Is The First American Named To Lead The Agency". Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Charlene J. Fletcher-Brown; "Independent Historian". "Noble, Ronald (1956–)". Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ron Noble Gave Keynote At UNH Law Conference Feb. 19". University of New Hampshire. February 9, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Chuck Salter (30 September 2002). "Terrorists Strike Fast... Interpol has to Move Faster... Ron Noble is on the Case". Fast Company. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Edward S.G. Dennis". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Transcript: Statement of law professor Ronald Noble". CNN. December 9, 1998. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Ronald K. Noble". Interpol. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Wikisource: Report of the Department of the Treasury on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Investigation of Vernon Wayne Howell Also Known as David Koresh September 1993/Memo
  11. ^ Maureen Down (September 13, 1994). "CRASH AT THE WHITE HOUSE: THE OVERVIEW; Unimpeded, Intruder Crashes Plane Into White House". The New York Times. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Press Briefing by Ron Noble, Under Secretary of Treasury for Enforcement and Carl Meyer, Special Agent, United States Secret Service". Office of the Press Secretary at the White House. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Public Report of the White House Security Review". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Clinton Tightens White House Security". The New York Times. Orlando Sentinel. May 21, 1995. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ John M. Broder (December 8, 1998). "Lawyers, Scholars and Lawmakers Set to Argue Clinton's Case". The New York Times. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ronald K. Noble wins second term as INTERPOL Secretary General". Interpol. September 20, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ronald K. Noble appointed for third term as INTERPOL Secretary General". Interpol. November 9, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Germany's Jürgen Stock elected new INTERPOL Secretary General". Interpol. November 7, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ David Kopel (May 17, 2016). "Good guys with guns: Former Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  20. ^ "RKN Global to build 89 million euro plant in Slovakia, employ 1,200". Reuters. February 20, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "RKN Global will not build a plant in Slovakia". The Slovak Spectator. June 28, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ "The World's Top Cop". UNH Magazine. Winter 2002. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Head of INTERPOL Ronald Noble '79 is 2012 UNH Commencement Speaker". UNH Today. March 8, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Mayor Giuliani Accepts the New York University Eugene J. Keogh Distinguished Public Service Award". Press Office of the Mayor of New York City. June 11, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  25. ^ Brenda Yufeh (November 6, 2009). "Cameroon: INTERPOL Regional Office Inaugurated". Cameroon Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  26. ^ "2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients". National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. May 7, 2016. Archived from the original on June 8, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  27. ^ "High Honors for Noble". The Law School: 8. 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Pakistan honours INTERPOL". Interpol. March 24, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Human trafficking an open wound on society, Pope Francis tells conference". Interpol. April 10, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Investiture of Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Distinguished Service Order), on Secretary General of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), Mr Ronald Kenneth Noble". Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore). 1 October 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  31. ^ #INTERPOLGA Secretary General Ronald K. Noble Award (in Spanish). Interpol (YouTube). 17 October 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Raymond Kendall
Secretary-General of Interpol
Succeeded by
Jürgen Stock