Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, has hired James Murray, the outgoing director of the US Secret Service, as the company’s chief security officer, a Snap spokesperson said. The Hollywood Reporter.
Murray will start at Snap on August 1 and report directly to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. As part of his primary security role, Murray will be responsible for overseeing the security of more than 5,000 Snap employees globally.
“We are delighted to welcome Jim Murray to Snap and look forward to him joining our team on August 1,” the Snap spokesperson said.
Murray will join the private sector after 27 years with the Secret Service, where he has been director of the agency since May 2019. Prior to joining the agency, Murray began his federal career with the Department of Transportation, where he was an investigator while also serving. as an officer in the US Army Reserve. The official’s last day with the Secret Service will be July 30, according to a statement released Thursday by the agency.
In a separate joint statement, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden praised the official for his three decades of government service. “Jim embodies a sense of service to self and has protected the families of America’s presidents as if they were part of his own. We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family,” the Bidens said.
Murray isn’t the first Secret Service director to switch to a media company. After leading the agency during the Obama administration, former Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy joined Comcast in 2017 as vice president and chief security officer. Clancy, who also spent 27 years at the federal agency, had previously served as director of corporate security for Comcast before being asked to lead the Secret Service in 2014.
The Washington Post first reported Murray’s move to Snap.