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Snapchat, hires Secret Service Director James Murray!

James Murray is retiring as director of the U.S. Secret Service after a 27-year career, to take a position with Snap, as chief security officer.

Murray will join Snap after his term with the Secret Service ends July 30, 2022.

  • He will report directly to CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel.
  • The Secret Service announced Murray’s retirement on Thursday.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jim Murray to Snap and look forward to him joining our team on August 1,” a Snap official announcement said

*Deadline Hollywood tweet on Snap deal

“Jim will bring a wealth of experience to this new role, which will help ensure the safety and security of the more than 5,000 Snap employees who live and work across the globe.”

He has served as the agency’s chief executive since May 1, 2019, and has since then “successfully guided the agency through eight National Special Security Events and nearly 20,000 international and domestic protective operations,” according to the Secret Service.

During his tenure as director,

the agency also recovered approximately $4.2 billion in fraud loss and prevented an estimated $8.1 billion in additional losses from criminal enterprises.

Murray, joined the Secret Service 27 years ago, as a special agent in the New York Field Office where he investigated cyber-enabled financial crimes and served as the agency’s liaison to the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Snap’s hiring of Murray was first reported by the Bloomberg