Board Profile

Richard J. Kerr

Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Richard Kerr serves on the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. 
Prior to his serving on the board, Kerr served in the Intelligence community for 32 years- from September 1960 until March 1992. He started as a country analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and ended his career as the senior professional intelligence officer in the U.S. government serving as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
During his career he managed a full range of CIA elements, served in all four directorates and led two of them. He also managed the community's imagery collection requirements committee, served as executive officer of the Intelligence Community Staff, and was on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Forces Pacific. He currently sits on the advisory panel for the Central Intelligence Agency, and is a frequent consultant to government and industry.
Kerr has earned his Bachelor of Arts in history, and performed his graduate work at the University of Oregon. He has received numerous awards and honors which include two National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals for work in the intelligence community and two Distinguished Intelligence Medals for work in the CIA. He was also awarded the Citizens Medal by President Bush recognizing his role in Desert Storm. Kerr and his wife Janice have three sons; Randall, Andre and Kevin; and a daughter, Meagan.