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Catherine De Bolle succeeds Rob Wainwright as executive director of Europol

Catherine De Bolle

Catherine De Bolle

Catherine De Bolle, who previously served as Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police from 2012, has begun working in her new role as executive director of Europol – the EU agency for law enforcement co-operation – at the organisation’s headquarters in The Hague. De Bolle takes over from Rob Wainwright, whose term of office expired on 1 May 2018 after nine years in service. Her tasks involve overseeing administrative duties, the management of 1,000-plus personnel and, indeed, the overall performance of Europol.

“It’s with great enthusiasm that I take up the position of executive director of Europol,” explained De Bolle. “Joining Europol is both an honour and a pleasure. The organisation is seen as a pre-eminent law enforcement agency and I intend for that to remain the case. This means focusing on the support delivered to national law enforcement authorities and ensuring that our services truly deliver added value to our stakeholders.”

De Bolle concluded: “The increasing scale of the flow of information to Europol is both our greatest asset and our most significant challenge. I want Europol to be recognised as a leading centre for criminal data analysis.”

De Bolle was appointed as Europol’s new executive director by the Council of the European Union on Thursday 8 March, ranking first from a list of suitable candidates proposed by the Management Board of Europol. The decision won the confidence of the majority of EU Member States.

Europol staff members welcome the appointment and now very much look forward to working with De Bolle to achieve a safer Europe.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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