Michael T. Evanoff was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security (DS) on November 3, 2017. Mr. Evanoff most recently served as the Vice President for Asset Protection & Security for Walmart International, Inc. in Arkansas, a position he held since 2014. Previously he served as Chief Security Officer at Coca-Cola HBC, in Zug, Switzerland and Athens, Greece, and as Global Director of Security at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in New York.
Mr. Evanoff was a career special agent in the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1985 to 2011. During his tenure with DS, Mr. Evanoff was the Executive Director of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, the NATO Security Director for the 28 nation Euro-Atlantic Alliance, and the first Diplomatic Security Service officer to establish a permanent liaison office with the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany (1999-2001). Mr. Evanoff was also the principal security advisor and Special Agent-in-Charge for the 100-plus protection detail for U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Mr. Evanoff began his overseas career in 1990 as an Assistant Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. He served in Islamabad, Pakistan as Counselor for Regional Security. Additionally, he opened the new Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, and the new U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he worked with NATO and UN forces during the Bosnian conflict. Subsequently, Mr. Evanoff was the Senior Regional Security Officer in Rabat, Morocco, and the Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Mr. Evanoff’s domestic assignments include Deputy Chief of the Protective Liaison Division, Agent-in-Charge with the Office of Dignitary Protection, an instructor and team leader to DS’ Mobile Counter-Terrorism training unit, and an investigator in the Washington Field Office.
Mr. Evanoff was named the 2003 Diplomatic Security Employee of the Year for his exceptional work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of numerous Department of State awards, including four Senior Foreign Service Performance awards and three Superior Honor Awards. He was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service in 2003 and a graduate of the United States’ Senior Foreign Service Leadership Training School.
Mr. Evanoff received a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from Eastern Kentucky University with a minor in Corporate Security. He was the recipient of an athletic scholarship and an active member of the school’s NCAA Division 1AA National Champion football team. Mr. Evanoff is a member of the International Organization of Chiefs of Police and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He is an honorary member of the International Security Management Association.