Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff named longtime Central Intelligence Agency veteran Roger Mackin to the post. Mackin replaces Jack Tomarchio, the Homeland Security Department reported.
Mackin, who spent nearly 30 years at the CIA as a counterintelligence officer, also has served in the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the director of the office's intelligence program and as U.S. interdiction coordinator, along with serving as the first director at the Homeland Security Department's newly created Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement.
Mackin has spent the last four years in the private sector.
"Roger brings an extensive background in intelligence gathering and anti-terrorism efforts spanning over four decades," Chertoff said in a statement.
"I am deeply grateful for Roger's remarkable record of service to his country and for his enthusiasm to return to public service and contribute even further to the safety and security of our homeland."