Kimberly Cheatle has been named the next Director of the U.S. Secret Service.
The enterprise security leader and Secret Service veteran brings over 28 years of security experience to the role, having served in multiple positions across the Secret Service during her 27-year federal career. Cheatle rejoins the Secret Service from her most recent role as Senior Director, Global Security at PepsiCo. As a security executive at the food and beverage company, she led risk management strategies and determined safety protocols at the corporate level.
Prior to her time at PepsiCo, Cheatle served for nearly three decades in the Secret Service, including as Assistant Director of the organization. She is the first woman to hold the Assistant Director role and the Director role, respectively. Throughout her Secret Service experience, she has revolutionized the training programs delivered within the Secret Service, supervised the security detail of former Vice President Joe Biden, and fulfilled the organization's goal of preventing security incidents and protecting high-level government officials.
Cheatle has earned numerous awards in recognition of her career accomplishments, including the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Public Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award and, most recently, being named one of Security magazine's 2022 Women in Security.