Executive Assistant Director, Intelligence Branch
Stephen C. Laycock was named executive assistant director of the FBI’s Intelligence Branch in November 2019. In this role, he serves as strategic leader of the FBI's intelligence program, responsible for overseeing the FBI’s intelligence strategy, resources, policies, and functions. Mr. Laycock had most recently served as the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence.
Mr. Laycock joined the FBI in 1992 as a physical science technician in the Firearms and Toolmarks Unit of the FBI Laboratory Division. He became a special agent in 1995 and was assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, where he worked counterintelligence and Asian organized crime cases. He also served on San Francisco’s Evidence Response Team and SWAT team and as the FBI’s liaison to three Department of Energy national laboratories.
Mr. Laycock was promoted to a position in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in 2003, where he worked Chinese and Taiwanese weapons of mass destruction proliferation matters. In 2005, he transferred to the Critical Incident Response Group’s Crisis Management Unit. He was promoted to a unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division in 2006.
Mr. Laycock returned to the field in 2008 as a supervisory special agent in the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia, working cyber national security and counterintelligence matters. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Field Office in 2013, overseeing national security, intelligence, and administrative matters.
In 2015, Mr. Laycock was promoted to section chief of the Counterintelligence Division’s Eurasian Section and to special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the Washington Field Office in 2017. Mr. Laycock was named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence in 2018.
Mr. Laycock earned a degree from Virginia Tech and holds several professional certificates.