Stephen Kappes

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project
Associated Programs: Transnational Threats Project

Stephen R. Kappes is currently partner and chief operating officer of Torch Hill Investment Partners in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as the deputy director after 30 years of service. From 2006 to 2010, he was directly involved in the leadership and management of all elements of the Agency under two different directors and two presidential administrations. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Kappes was chief operating officer of ArmorGroup International and a member of the Board of Directors of ArmorGroup International plc.

Mr. Kappes also served as associate deputy director of operations for counterintelligence with the CIA from 2000 to 2002, during which time he led the Agency’s operations and technical programs against counterintelligence threats. He served as an operations officer in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries and was the deputy chief of an overseas operational element focused on Iran. He was the chief of station in a Middle Eastern country during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the chief of station in a large Central Eurasian country. Mr. Kappes studied and used the Farsi and Russian languages. He has several awards, including the Presidential National Security Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, two Distinguished Intelligence Medals, three Directors Medals, and the Donovan Award for Operational Excellence. He served five years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps and ended his career as a captain. Mr. Kappes received a B.S. in anatomy and chemistry and a M.S. in pathology from Ohio State University.

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