A 1979-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, he is presently director general (Prisons) in Haryana.
Sharad Kumar will take over from IPS officer N.R. Wasan, who was given the charge of NIA in April following appointment of incumbent S.C. Sinha as member of National Human Rights Commission. Sinha was also a Haryana cadre IPS officer.
The NIA was set up to tackle terrorism-related incidents in the country. It came into existence after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.