RONALD KENNETH "RON" NOBLE (US : /ˈrɒnəld ˈnoʊbəl/ ( listen );
born September 24, 1956) is an American law enforcement officer who
served as the secretary-general of the International Criminal Police
Organization (Interpol) from 2000 to 2014. He became the
organization's first American and youngest secretary-general at the
time of his appointment. Prior to his time there, he worked as a
public servant in various government agencies, including the District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania , the Department of
Justice and the Treasury .
* 1 Life and career
* 1.1 1956–1982: Early life and education
* 1.2 1983–1999: Beginnings and public service
* 1.3 2000–2014:
* 1.4 2015–present: Security consultancy
* 2 Personal life
* 3 Honours
* 4 References
* 5 External links
LIFE AND CAREER
1956–1982: EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Noble was born in
Fort Dix , a
United States Army
United States Army post south-east of
New Jersey , to an African-American father and a German
mother. He was raised in nearby Jobstown , where his father worked as
a janitor after serving as a master sergeant in the army. Noble
Northern Burlington County Regional High School before
graduating from the
University of New Hampshire in 1979 with a
bachelor\'s degree in economics and business administration. He
Stanford Law School , serving as an editor on the
Stanford Law Review
Stanford Law Review and graduating cum laude in 1982.
1983–1999: BEGINNINGS AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Noble began his career as a law clerk for the late A. Leon
Higginbotham Jr. , a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit , who persuaded him to enter public service. In
1984, he became an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania under Edward S. G. Dennis, where he prosecuted several
high-profile drug and corruption cases in
Philadelphia . He then
moved to the Department of Justice in
Washington, D.C. in 1988 to work
as a deputy assistant Attorney General and chief of staff for Dennis,
who had been appointed the assistant Attorney General for the Criminal
Division under Attorney Generals
Edwin Meese and Richard L. Thornburgh
. In 1993, Noble was appointed as the Under Secretary of the
Treasury for Enforcement , being placed in charge of the Secret
Service , the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the
Customs Service Office of Enforcement, the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center , the
Office of Foreign Assets Control and the
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network . He was head of the
department's "Waco Administrative Review Team", which produced a
report on the ATF's actions against the
Branch Davidians , leading to
Waco siege .
In 1994, following a plane crash in the south lawn of the White House
carried out by
Frank Eugene Corder , Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd
Bentsen directed Under Secretary Noble and Secret Service director
Eljay B. Bowron to conduct a "thorough and comprehensive"
investigation into the circumstances leading to the plane crash. In
1995, a public report of the
White House Security Review was
published, with President
Bill Clinton accepting all its
recommendations and announcing the closure of the portion of
Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the
White House on May 21, 1995,
restricting movement only to pedestrian traffic to eliminate the
threat of any potential car bomb or truck bomb attacks, as well as
changes to air traffic rules and other security measures.
In 1996, Noble returned to the
New York University School of Law ,
whose faculty he had joined three years earlier, to continue working
as a tenured professor. In 1998, he participated as a witness for the
defence during the trial for the impeachment of Clinton .
Noble at the 6th Global Congress about combating piracy and
counterfeiting in 2011
In 1998, with the support of Attorney General
Janet Reno and FBI
Louis Freeh , Noble applied to become the secretary-general
Interpol and succeed incumbent
Raymond Kendall . On November 3,
2000, at the age of 44, Noble was elected to the position, becoming
the first non-European, the first non-white , the first American, the
first African-American and the youngest secretary-general in the
organization's history. On September 20, 2005, during Interpol's 74th
General Assembly in
Germany , he was unanimously re-elected
for a second five-year term, after having been unanimously nominated
for the post by the organization's Executive Committee the previous
year. On November 9, 2010, Noble was re-elected again for a third
term as secretary-general during the organization's 79th General
Qatar . On November 7, 2014, he stepped down from
the role and was succeeded by
Jürgen Stock , who was unanimously
elected during Interpol's 83rd General Assembly in
2015–PRESENT: SECURITY CONSULTANCY
After his time with Interpol, Noble founded a multinational security
consultancy firm, RKN Global DWC LLC, headquartered in
Dubai , UAE .
In February 2016, the firm announced plans to build a security
printing plant in
Banská Bystrica ,
Slovakia , in a project that
would need funding of € 89 million and employ 1,200 people.
However, on June 24, 2016, the firm rejected an investment subsidy of
€18 million from the Government of
Slovakia and withdrew the plans
following political opposition to the project in the country, with the
firm also fearing to move forward with the plans in the wake of Brexit
Noble is married and has one son. A multilingual , he speaks French ,
Spanish and German in addition to English .
United States Department of the Treasury , Alexander Hamilton
New York University , Great Teacher Award: 1998
* President's Medal of Distinction (Cameroon): 2009
Ellis Island Medal of Honor : 2016
* Chevalier (Knight) of the
Legion of Honour
* Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan)
* Knight Commander with Star of the
Order of St. Gregory the Great
Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Distinguished Service Order)
* Grand Officer, Military Medal of the Ministry of National Defence
* ^ Served as acting president
* ^ A B Jack Nelson (September 12, 1999). "Los Angeles Times
Ronald Noble : The New Man From
Interpol Brings a \'90s
Touch to Global Crime Fighting".
The Los Angeles Times . Retrieved
August 25, 2016.
* ^ A B Joyce Wadler (July 13, 1999). "PUBLIC LIVES; The Long Days
of Interpol\'s New Top Sleuth".
The New York Times . Retrieved August
* ^ A B C Thomas Ginsberg (July 3, 1999). "Ex-u.s. Attorney In
Phila. Will Head
Interpol In The \'80s,
Ronald Noble Handled Several
High-profile Cases. He Is The First American Named To Lead The
Philly.com . Retrieved August 25, 2016.
* ^ A B C Charlene J. Fletcher-Brown; "Independent Historian".
"Noble, Ronald (1956–)". BlackPast.org. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
* ^ "Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ron Noble Gave Keynote At UNH
Law Conference Feb. 19".
University of New Hampshire . February 9,
2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
* ^ A B Chuck Salter (30 September 2002). "Terrorists Strike
Interpol has to Move Faster... Ron Noble is on the Case". Fast
Company . Retrieved August 25, 2016.
* ^ "Edward S.G. Dennis".
United States Department of Justice .
Retrieved October 12, 2016.
* ^ "Transcript: Statement of law professor Ronald Noble".
December 9, 1998. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ A B "Ronald K. Noble".
Interpol . Retrieved August 25, 2016.
* ^ Wikisource: Report of the Department of the Treasury on the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Investigation of Vernon Wayne
Howell Also Known as David Koresh September 1993/Memo
* ^ Maureen Down (September 13, 1994). "CRASH AT THE WHITE HOUSE:
THE OVERVIEW; Unimpeded, Intruder Crashes Plane Into White House". The
New York Times . Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "Press Briefing by Ron Noble, Under Secretary of Treasury for
Enforcement and Carl Meyer,
Special Agent, United States Secret
Service". Office of the Press Secretary at the
White House . September
12, 1994. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ A B "Public Report of the
White House Security Review".
Federation of American Scientists . Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "Clinton Tightens
White House Security".
The New York Times .
Orlando Sentinel . May 21, 1995. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ John M. Broder (December 8, 1998). "Lawyers, Scholars and
Lawmakers Set to Argue Clinton\'s Case".
The New York Times .
Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "Ronald K. Noble wins second term as INTERPOL Secretary
Interpol . September 20, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "Ronald K. Noble appointed for third term as INTERPOL Secretary
Interpol . November 9, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "Germany’s
Jürgen Stock elected new INTERPOL Secretary
Interpol . November 7, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ David Kopel (May 17, 2016). "Good guys with guns: Former
Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting". The
Washington Post . Retrieved August 25, 2016.
* ^ "RKN Global to build 89 million euro plant in Slovakia, employ
Reuters . February 20, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "RKN Global will not build a plant in Slovakia". The Slovak
Spectator . June 28, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
* ^ "The World\'s Top Cop". UNH Magazine . Winter 2002. Retrieved
August 25, 2016.
* ^ "Head of INTERPOL