FBI Director Christopher Wray has announced the appointment of David Bowdich as the deputy director of the FBI.
Bowdich most recently served since April 2016 as the associate deputy director, where he oversaw the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure, as well as the inspection and insider threat programs.
He began his career as a special agent in 1995 in the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT Team operator and sniper. In 2003, Bowdich was promoted to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Director’s Office. Bowdich then returned to San Diego and supervised a multiagency gang task force before being promoted to assistant special agent in charge over all non-white-collar crime criminal violations, the Imperial County Resident Agency, the SWAT Team, and the Evidence Response Team.
From September 2012 to December 2014, Bowdich served as the special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles Field Office. In that role, he led the Joint Terrorism Task Force and was responsible for all international and domestic terrorism investigations in the Los Angeles region, surrounding counties, and the extraterritorial region of Southeast Asia. Additionally, Bowdich was responsible for all crisis management and response assets, which included the SWAT Team, Evidence Response Team, Hazardous Evidence Response Team, Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team, Rapid Deployment Team, Crisis Management Team, and special agent bomb technicians.
From December 2014 to April 2016, Bowdich served as assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. During his time in the Los Angeles Field Office, Bowdich oversaw multiple high-profile investigations, to include the San Bernardino terror attack and the LAX active shooter investigation.
Director Wray also announced that Paul Abbate has been selected to serve as the associate deputy director. In this role, Abbate oversees all FBI personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure, as well as the inspection and insider threat programs.
Abbate most recently served since December 2016 as the executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, with responsibility for overseeing all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance.
He began his FBI career as a special agent in March 1996 in the New York Field Office, where he worked in the Criminal Division and served as a member of the SWAT Team. In December 2003, Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. From February 2006 to December 2009, he served as a supervisory special agent within the Newark Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In December 2009, Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division as assistant section chief, providing national-level oversight and guidance of all United States-based international terrorism investigations. In July 2010, Abbate reported to the Los Angeles Field Office and served as assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism matters, overseeing the primary branch of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force. In August 2011, Abbate again returned to the Counterterrorism Division, where he served as section chief, providing oversight of all FBI international terrorism investigations and counterterrorism operations external to the United States.
In October 2012, MAbbate was appointed special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, Counterterrorism Division. From October 2013 to September 2015, he served as the special agent in charge of the Detroit Division, covering the state of Michigan. In September 2015, Abbate was appointed assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.