IT Industry Alert: State of Colorado Names David McCurdy as New Chief Technology Officer
The Governor’s Office of Information Technology announced recently that David McCurdy has been named Chief Technology Officer. He began his tenure last Monday, September 2nd. The position became open when former CTO, Suma Nallapati was promoted to the state’s Chief Information Officer and Secretary of Technology. McCurdy will report directly to Nallapati.
“My passion is knowing how our work with technology makes a positive difference in the world every day,” said McCurdy.
From Healthcare to Government
McCurdy joins OIT from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) where he served in a variety of roles over the past 10 years including leading the 1,000-employee IT organization as Associate VP and Chief Enterprise Architect. McCurdy has over 17 years of experience in the IT industry as a programmer and system engineer.
Prior to joining OIT, Nallapati also held a leadership role at CHI.
“We are so fortunate to work at an organization that continues to attract people of this caliber,” Nallapati said following the announcement of McCurdy as CTO.
Major Hurdles for McCurdy
McCurdy’s primary focus will be on improving Colorado’s information technology systems, which have recently received failing marks during federal audits. The state has particularly struggled with its benefits management system (CMBS), seeing issues with delivering food benefits to some households and blocking others that should have qualified. CBMS also handles Medicaid.
“He is about finding solutions and thinking differently about problems and tackling them in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” OIT spokeswoman Tauna Lockhart said.
Research shows that within the first six months of tenure, 25% of new C-Suite IT executives will spend over $1 million and 71% of those will do so in the first three months of their new position. What does this mean for you? As is the case with McCurdy, IT executives are brought in to solve problems, and to optimize system functions. Now is the perfect time for you to make a case for your product or service.
Don’t miss another golden opportunity.
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