June 6, 2006
Royal Caribbean job for former FBI official
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has appointed a former top FBI official to the new position of vice president of Global Security, with broad responsibilities for assessing, managing and continuously improving companywide security.
The job has gone to Gary M. Bald who last week, Bald stepped down as Executive Assistant Director for the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the third senior-most post at the agency.
In his new post, Bald will report directly to company Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain.
"We are thrilled to have Gary joining our team," said Fain. "Thanks to Gary's leadership, our country is much better prepared in terms of security, and I am fully confident, given his resume and resolve, that he will lead our company to even greater advances in our preparedness and security systems."
Bald spent nearly 29 years at the FBI, where he received numerous honors and awards for his leadership in both national security and criminal law enforcement.
In his most recent job, at the National Security Branch, Bald headed the bureau's counterterrorism, counterintelligence and intelligence programs worldwide and directed the efforts of 19,000 employees.
In earlier positions, he ran the individual divisions accountable for the agency's counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities. Bald spent much of his FBI career in law enforcement in the field.
Among Bald's most recent honors are the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service and the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Partnerships in Law Enforcement in 2004, and the U.S. Attorneys' Award for Outstanding Contribution in Law Enforcement and the FBI Director's Award for Excellence in Investigation in 2003.
"I couldn't be more excited about coming to work for this company," Bald said. "For nearly 29 years, I have worked for the finest organization in the world at what it does, and I wanted to work for an organization that has an equal standing in its industry."
"I want to take the best and make it better," he added.
Bald received his bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1976, and master's degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University in 1981.
Bald will begin his new job on June 12.