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Sir John Sawers will complete his five year term as Chief of SIS in November
Sir John Sawers will leave the Secret Intelligence Service in November at the end of his five-year term as Chief. The Cabinet Office will shortly begin the recruitment process to appoint his successor, and will announce the outcome later in the year.
An FCO spokesperson said:
Sir John Sawers will complete his five-year term at SIS this autumn. He has done an exceptional job as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. Sir John has spent 36 years in a range of jobs in public service, defending UK national interests and keeping our country safe.