John Sipher is a Director of Customer Success at CrossLead, a software and consulting firm. John is also a sought-after foreign policy and intelligence expert. He regularly contributes to a number of publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, The Cipher Brief and Just Security, and serves as a media expert on issues related to intelligence and national security. He appears on PBS NewsHour, NBC, BBC, CNN and other outlets. John retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. At the time of his retirement, he was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities globally. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and in high-threat environments. He has significant experience working with foreign and domestic partners to solve national security challenges. John also served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s clandestine training school, and was a regular lecturer at the CIA’s leadership development program. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. John graduated from Hobart College and has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. He has attended a variety of executive courses at Harvard University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, The Aspen Institute, and the Intelligence Community’s Executive Leadership program.
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