Richard Verma Appointed to Bidens Intelligence Advisory Board

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Richard Verma Appointed to Biden's Intelligence Advisory Board

US President Joe Biden has announced his intent to appoint Indian-American Richard Verma as a member of his Intelligence Advisory Board.

FREMONT, CA: US President Joe Biden has expressed his intent to appoint Indian-American Richard Verma to his Intelligence Advisory Board. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board is a separate entity inside the President's Executive Office. Verma is presently the general counsel and head of Mastercard's Global Public Policy. He is in charge of the company's legal and policy functions in the United States and worldwide in this capacity. As per the statements given by the White House, Richard Verma had previously served as the United States Ambassador to India, where he directed one of the country's largest diplomatic posts and championed unprecedented advancements in bilateral relations.

Verma is also a former assistant secretary of state and former national security advisor to the Senate Majority Leader and a US Air Force veteran and has earned numerous military and civilian awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the State Department's Distinguished Service Award. He served on the WMD and Terrorism Commission and currently ministers on the boards of the Ford Foundation, Lehigh University, and the National Endowment for Democracy, among others. Verma possesses various academic degrees, including a doctorate (PhD) from Georgetown University and a law degree from American University. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

As per the White House release reports, Admiral (retd) James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld has been named chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board will also include Gilman G. Louie and Janet A. Napolitano. According to the statement, Admiral Winnefeld departed after serving as the Joint Chiefs of Staff's ninth vice-chairman.  From 2009 to 2013, Napolitano was the Secretary of Homeland Security. According to the statement, Gilman Louie is the CEO and co-founder of America's Frontier Fund, a public-private partnership established to ensure that the United States leads the next wave of technological innovation. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board exists solely to help the President by offering an impartial source of advice on the intelligence community's efficacy in addressing the nation's intelligence needs, as well as the vigour and insight with which it plans for the future.