Appointment of Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu as First Deputy Director
23 March 2017
On March 23, 2017, the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, signed the decree appointing Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu as first deputy director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, effective March 24, 2017.
Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu is 45 years old and has over two decades experience in the operational activity within the Service. He is a Physicist, with a graduation degree in Physics from Bucharest University. Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu attended postgraduate courses majoring in Geopolitics and Geostrategy at the Academy of Economic Studies, graduated from the NATO Senior Executive Master course at the SNSPA, and participated in the workshop on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
Throughout his SRI career, Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu held various positions, in both central and regional units, where he achieved major success in conducting joint operations in partnership with other intelligence services in the Euro-Atlantic area, on issues targeting transnational organized crime, compliance with international regimes on proliferation of weapon systems, international financial flows, migration, and terrorism.
He joined SRI with the rank of lieutenant and graduated from the initiation courses as valedictorian. Razvan Ionescu was promoted to brigadier general in the spring of 2016 and previous to his appointment as first deputy director of SRI, he led a central division specialized in countering cross-border threats. Throughout his activity, he developed excellent cooperation with SRI’s institutional partners, both at home and abroad.