- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 11, 2002

The FBI, in the midst of a massive reorganization in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, yesterday hired the top information and communications official of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as its new chief information officer.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Darwin A. John, managing director of information and communications systems worldwide for the Mormons in Salt Lake City, will replace Bob E. Dies, a former IBM official who served two years as the FBI's chief information officer.
As he has with other specialized positions, Mr. Mueller tapped into the private sector for Mr. John, who has served as the Mormons' top communications and information executive since 1990.
During his tenure, Mr. John set strategic direction and architecture for leveraging the use of information and communications technologies for the 11 million-member church. He helped lead the creation of the Family Search Internet Web site in 1999, which has averaged nearly 8 million hits a day against the 900 million names contained in the system.
Mr. Mueller said Mr. John brings a "demonstrated capability to achieve broad-based results in an area critical to the FBI's success, particularly at a time when the bureau is modernizing its information technologies and undergoing unprecedented change in its investigative mission and priorities."
Stephen Finnerty, president of the Society for Information Management, described Mr. John as "one of the most progressive leaders in the information systems industry," and said he expects him to make "valuable and outstanding contributions to the FBI, its mission, and the American people."
As the FBI's chief information officer, Mr. John will lead the development and use of information technology. He will work closely with the laboratory, criminal justice information services and information resources divisions, where forensic technologies, law enforcement services and investigative and administrative support are concentrated.
Mr. John will report directly to Mr. Mueller.
Prior to his position with the church, Mr. John served in senior information management positions with a number of major U.S. corporations, including Scott Paper, where he was vice president; General Mills, where he was director of information and communications systems development and operations; and Honeywell, where he was a senior systems analyst.
He holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Utah State University.


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