US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday will nominate William Burns as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, tapping a respected veteran American diplomat who has served in posts around the world from the Reagan to the Obama administrations.
"The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director," Biden said in a statement, reports the CNN.
If confirmed, Burns would become the first leader in the CIA's history whose lifelong experience comes from the State Department.
"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure," Biden said. "He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect."
Biden was drawn to Burns because of his diplomatic experience and his perceived ability to restore credibility to the intelligence agency in the post-Trump era, people familiar with the matter said, along with his expertise on Russia. His selection would bypass other contenders with more formal experience in the intelligence field.
Burns, who is known as Bill, is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a respected international affairs think tank in Washington. He served as deputy secretary of State in the Obama administration after working for more than three decades in positions across the foreign service, which he joined in 1982.