Sean Joyce

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Person.png Sean Joyce  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Brockton, Massachusetts
Alma materBoston College, Tuck School of Business
Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 2011-2013

Employment.png Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

In office
September 1, 2011 - December 1, 2013
BossJames Comey
Preceded byTimothy Murphy
Succeeded byMark Giuliano

Sean M. Joyce was the 14th Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Early life and education

A Brockton, Massachusetts native, Joyce earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Boston College followed by an MBA from the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College. Joyce worked as an Analyst at Raytheon and an Experienced Senior at Arthur Andersen prior to joining the FBI in 1987.


Joyce began his career as an FBI special agent in 1987. Following the completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Dallas Division where he investigated Violent Crimes. He later investigated Colombian narcotics matters in the Miami Division and in 1994, Joyce was selected as a member of the Bureau’s Hostage Rescue Team.

In 1998, Joyce returned to the Dallas Field Office and became a special agent and SWAT team leader. He earned the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2004 for his work on a Dallas Division counterterrorism squad.

Joyce was designated legal attaché to Prague in August 2005. In 2007, he was assigned to the Washington Field Office as an assistant special agent in charge. The following year he was named section chief of the Counterterrorism Division’s International Terrorism Operations Section, with responsibility for international terrorism matters within the United States.

In 2009, Joyce was appointed assistant director of the FBI’s International Operations Division. As assistant director, he was responsible for employees in 75 foreign and domestic locations in support of the FBI’s international mission by building a global network of trusted partners and strengthening the FBI’s international capabilities.

In April 2010, Joyce was appointed executive assistant director (EAD) of the FBI’s National Security Branch (NSB), composed of the Counterterrorism Division, Counterintelligence Division, Directorate of Intelligence, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.[1]

Joyce was appointed the 14th Deputy Director for the FBI in September 2011.[2] In this position Joyce had direct oversight of the FBI's 36,000 employees and its $8 billion annual budget. He was an integral part of transforming the FBI into an intelligence-driven organization. In addition, he spearheaded several strategic initiatives including ‘next generation cyber,’ which was a cross-organizational initiative to maintain the FBI’s world leadership in law enforcement and domestic intelligence. He also established a framework to operate and evaluate the FBI’s 56 domestic field offices.


After the FBI, Joyce was the Chief Trust Officer at Airbnb, where he had responsibility for Privacy and Community Policy. Joyce was also a member of the Airbnb Executive Committee.

Afterwards, Joyce started working for PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC), where he is the Global and U.S.Cybersecurity, Privacy and Forensics Leader and a member of the U.S. Advisory Leadership Team, responsible for overseeing over 4,500 staff globally.[3]

Joyce previously led the US and Global Financial Crimes Unit for PwC, focusing on the interplay between cybersecurity, anti-money laundering and sanctions, fraud, and anti-bribery/anti-corruption.

Joyce is also a member of the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity Working Group, a cross-sector public-private forum dedicated to addressing cybersecurity challenges.

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