Joe Clancy, stepping in as interim acting director of the Secret Service, has spent the last three years leading security operations at Comcast.
Clancy is leading the Secret Service after the resignation on Wednesday of Julia Pierson, who stepped down after criticism of the agency’s handling of high-profile security lapses.
Comcast issued a statement calling Clancy “an exceptional security professional who served our country as a member of the U.S. Secret Service and in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and who has distinguished himself throughout his career for his integrity and strong management skills.”
“We are highly confident he will be an outstanding interim leader for the Secret Service and we wish him the very best,” the company said.
Clancy joined Comcast in 2011 after retiring from the Secret Service, where he was special agent in charge of the presidential protective division. At Comcast, he was director of security for Comcast corporate and oversaw corporate level investigations, policy development and protection of company employees, property and financial assets. Since May of this year, he was executive director of Comcast cable security, where he helped coordinate activities among the company’s three division security teams.
David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, said via Twitter, “I knew Joe Clancy when he led the presidential detail. You could not find a better person to repair the Secret Service.”
Clancy also served as director of national special security events with the Department of Homeland Security, and led a squad of agents in the Secret Service’s New York field office. He attended West Point and graduated from Villanova University.