President Iohannis appoints General Razvan Ionescu as First Deputy Director of SRI

President Klaus Iohannis has appointed General Razvan Ionescu as the First Deputy Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

Razvan Ionescu will take office starting on Friday, March 24, 2017, according to SRI.

Major General Razvan Ionescu is 45 years old, having an experience of more than two decades in the operative work of the Intelligence Service. He is a physicist and he graduated the Faculty of Physics of the Bucharest University. He attended postgraduate studies with the specialization of Geopolitics and Geostrategy at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, he graduated the NATO Senior Executive Master classes at SNSPA, he graduated the seminar Fighting Against Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism of the European Center for Security Studies George C. Marshall in Germany, according to SRI.

The Intelligence Service also announces that Ionescu has held several positions, both within the central and territorial units, “where he had important operational successes”, in partnership with intelligence services of the Euro-Atlantic area, on issues related to transnational organized crime, the respect of the international regimes on the proliferation of the weapons systems, international financial flows, migration and terrorism.

He was employed by SRI with the rank of Captain and he graduated the initiation courses as valedictorian. He was promoted to the rank of Major General in the spring of 2016, and previously of being appointed as the First Deputy Director of SRI, he ruled a central unit operating in fighting against transnational threats, according to a press release issued by SRI.

“During his activity, he cooperated by an excellent manner with SRI’s institutional partners, both the internal and the external ones”, stated the Intelligence Service.

The position of the First Deputy of the SRI Director remained vacant since January 17, when President Klaus Iohannis announced that he signed the decree by which he dismissed and retired Florian Coldea.


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