RLPSA Announces Keynote Speaker: George Piro Lead Interrogator of Saddam Hussein sponsored by ADT

NASHVILLE, (February 10, 2022) –The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) announces George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI Miami field office and the lead interrogator of Saddam Hussein as its keynote speaker for the Annual Conference April 10 – 13 in downtown Denver.  Piro will present a keynote entitled, “The Value of Preparation in High Stress Situations” sponsored by ADT.

In November of 2018, Mr. Piro was named the special agent in charge of the Miami FBI Field Office. Just prior to that appointment, he served as assistant director of the International Operations Division at FBI Headquarters. 

From 2014 to 2017, he was special agent in charge of the Miami Field Office and was honored to be selected for this duty again in 2018. Mr. Piro has held a variety of investigative, operational, and management positions within the FBI. He entered on duty in May 1999 and was first assigned as a special agent in the Phoenix Field Office, investigating international terrorism. 

In 2003, Mr. Piro was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, where he served as the team leader and interrogator responsible for the interrogation of Saddam Hussein. Mr. Piro spent seven months leading the interrogations of Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime.

In 2006, Mr. Piro was promoted to supervisor of the Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He also served as the assistant special agent in charge of the international terrorism branch there. Mr. Piro deployed throughout the Middle East as part of his multiple counterterrorism assignments during this time.

Mr. Piro next served as the deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters. He then became director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an interagency unit overseen by the Counterterrorism Security Group within the White House. As HIG director, Mr. Piro was in charge of leading intelligence community and FBI participation.

Mr. Piro was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and is fluent in Arabic and Assyrian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chapman University, a master’s in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a master’s certificate in Arab studies. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Piro served 10 years as a California police officer.

Among the numerous awards for intelligence and law enforcement service, Mr. Piro received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, and the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

For more session titles and speakers at the Annual Conference, visit the full-agenda outline here.  RLPSA’s Annual Conference continues to announce exciting content additions so stay tuned by visiting RLPSA.com or joining our group on LinkedIn. 



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