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Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on the Confirmation of Russell C. Deyo

Release Date: 
April 16, 2015

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

Today the Senate confirmed Russell C. Deyo as Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security, by a vote of 95-2. As Under Secretary for Management, Russ will be the number three official in this Department, and oversee my continued Unity of Effort initiatives and bring greater effectiveness and efficiency to the manner in which we pursue our homeland security mission for the American people. I have known Russ Deyo going back over ten years, when I was in private practice and he was Vice President for Administration at my client Johnson & Johnson. I am very grateful that Russ agreed to step out of retirement to do this important public service.

Since I took office 16 months ago, and including me, the President has nominated and the Senate has confirmed 12 appointees to senior-level positions in this Department. I thank President Obama, and the Senate, especially Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Tom Carper, for their continued commitment to filling the vacancies at DHS.

Under Secretary for Management

Russell C. Deyo retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2012 after 27 years of service.  During his tenure, he held a number of positions, including Vice President, General Counsel, and for sixteen years served as a member of the Executive Committee, the Company’s principal management group for global operations.  He was also Vice President of Administration from 1996 to 2004, overseeing human resources and procurement for the entire Company.  Mr. Deyo served as Associate General Counsel for Litigation from 1991 to 1996.  From 1986 through 1996, he also served on management boards of several Johnson & Johnson consumer and pharmaceutical operating companies.  Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Deyo was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1978 to 1985, serving the last three years as Chief of Special Prosecutions.  From 1977 to 1978, Mr. Deyo was an attorney at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.  He clerked for The Honorable John B. Hannum of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia from 1976 to 1977.  He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Last Published Date: April 16, 2015
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