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Sir John Scarlett

Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE

Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service

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John Scarlett served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) from 2004 to 2009.

John joined the SIS in 1971 and over the next 30 years served in Nairobi, Paris and twice in Moscow as well as several assignments in London. He was appointed Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) in September 2001. In August 2004, Sir John rejoined the SIS as its Chief.

Sir John’s current roles include Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Chairman, International Advisory Group, Equinor; Member of Swiss Re Strategic Council; Chairman, SC Strategy Ltd; Director, Times Newspaper Holdings; Vice Chairman, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Co-Chair of the Global Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.

Sir John is a member of the State Honours Committee; Vice- President of the UK Association de la Legion d’Honneur and a Trustee of the Friends of the French Institute in the United Kingdom.