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FORMER US DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CHIEF JOINS ARCANUM
June 15, 2021
Washington, DC, June 8, 2021 – Arcanum, a global strategic intelligence company and a whollyowned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, announced today that Lieutenant General
Robert P. Ashley, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has joined Arcanum
as senior advisor to the Chairman, Ron Wahid.
Lt. Gen. Ashley served as the United States’ highest-ranking military intelligence officer in his
capacity as Director of the DIA from 2017 to 2020. “We are fortunate to welcome Lt. Gen. Ashley
to the Arcanum leadership team,” said Wahid. “He brings decades of experience at the highest
levels of the intelligence community, which will be invaluable to our Company and will enhance
our ability to develop cutting-edge and tailored products for our clients.”
Prior to his appointment to head the DIA, Lt. Gen. Ashley served as the Army Deputy Chief of
Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff
on all matters of Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Security, and was responsible for the
training, equipping, policy and oversight of the Army Intelligence Corps’ 58,000 soldiers and
civilians. Prior to his assignment as the Army G2, Lt. Gen. Ashley was Commandant for the Army’s
Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca in Arizona, where he trained more than 10,000 soldiers
annually in multiple intelligence specialties including cyber, counter-intelligence, analysis,
HUMINT, OSINT and reconnaissance collection systems.
“I consider myself fortunate to be joining the high caliber team at Arcanum and being in a
position to leverage my three decades of intelligence experience for Ron and the team,” said Lt.
Lt. Gen. Ashley’s other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army
Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC); the Director of Intelligence, United States Central
Command (CENTCOM); and the Deputy Chief of Staff (Intelligence) – International Security
Assistance Force, Afghanistan.
With more than 36 years of active duty behind him, Lt. Gen. Ashley’s previous assignments
include Fort Bragg, NC, Washington, D.C.; Fort Gordon, Georgia; MacDill Air Force Base, Florida;
Izmir, Turkey; and deployments to Operation JOINT FORGE in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation
IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. He has served at the
company, battalion, squadron and brigade levels with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a
squadron commander, brigade commander and J-2.
Lt. Gen. Ashley commanded the 206th Military Intelligence Battalion in Fort Gordon, Georgia;
Intelligence Squadron, Office of Military Support, Washington, DC; and the 525th Battlefield
Surveillance Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps.
Lt. Gen. Ashley received a BA in Political Science from Appalachian State University, an MA in
Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly known as the Defense
Intelligence College) and an MA in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2OLC), Legion of Merit
(1OLC) and Bronze Star Medal (2OLC). In addition, he has also earned the Parachutist Badge,
Army Aviation Crewmember Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and Australian Parachutist
About Magellan Investment Holdings
Magellan Investment Holdings is an investment holding company with a global diversified
portfolio of investments, covering a wide range of sectors including financial services, energy and
natural resources, aerospace, defense, information technology, and real estate. Magellan is the
parent company of its operating subsidiaries – RJI Capital, a regulated financial services and
merchant banking firm, Arcanum, a global intelligence company, and Magellan Asset Finance
Limited (MAFL), a captive litigation fund.
Arcanum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, is a global intelligence
company that provides a host of bespoke strategic intelligence services to government entities
and the private sector across a range of industries.
Arcanum’s team includes experts from intelligence, law enforcement, military, diplomacy, and
legal backgrounds, with in-depth knowledge required to operate globally and discreetly on the
largest multi-jurisdictional cases. In addition, Arcanum has exceptional intellectual resources
with an executive leadership team that consists of senior leaders from the world’s most powerful
intelligence and government agencies, including the U.S., U.K. France, Switzerland, Israel and
By maintaining a highly diversified intelligence and business network around the globe,
Arcanum’s industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered from its offices
in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Manama, Nur-Sultan, Paris, Washington, DC, and Zurich.
For further information, go to www.arcanumglobal.com.
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