Senior Management Group
Gregory B. Starr, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security
On 6 May 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Gregory B. Starr of the United States of America as Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, succeeding David Veness.
Mr. Starr brings to the job extensive experience managing global security operations of a civilian organization, developing security policy, and setting organizational standards. This decision was taken mindful of the immediate need to tackle the heightened serious security risks facing the Organization around the world and of the profile of Mr. Starr that will enable him to take up the task immediately. Bearing in mind the need to deliver on the difficult task, the Secretary-General intends to strengthen the performance-based accountability of this post. In reaching this conclusion, additional consideration was given to the importance of a cooperative relationship between the Organization and the Host Government during the crucial period of the Capital Master Plan at HQ. Member States have been informed in advance of this decision.
Mr. Starr will be able to bring first-hand experience in the formulation of security policies and in the implementation of programmes to ensure the continued conduct of activities in a secure environment at headquarters and overseas. Mr. Starr has been working in a security capacity with the State Department since 1980; he has served in domestic and overseas assignments.
Mr. Starr was the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, US Department of State. In that capacity he was responsible for all international and domestic security programs for the Department of State, protecting more than 285 U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, 100 domestic facilities, and 85,000 employees, families, and contractors.
He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security Countermeasures. His portfolio included development and implementation of physical and technical security programs worldwide, and serving as the senior Diplomatic Security representative for the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program. This highly successful program has to date resulted in the construction of over 60 new secure U.S. Embassies and Consulates, moving thousands of employees to safer facilities. Overseas he has served with the Department of State in Israel, Senegal, Tunisia, and the nation formerly known as Zaire.
Mr. Starr earned a Masters of Forensic Science and Bachelors in Political Science from the George Washington University. He was born on February 3, 1953. He is married with two children.