BusinessWeek's Steve Hamm is reporting that the newly-created position is likely to go to an American born in India. From his Jan. 15 story:
Two Indian-born technology executives are the leading candidates for the incoming Obama Administration's newly created position of federal chief technology officer, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. They are Padmasree Warrior, the chief technology officer of Silicon Valley networking giant Cisco Systems (CSCO), and Vivek Kundra, who holds the same title in the government of Washington, D.C., the sources say.
The two candidates offer President-elect Obama a clear choice of skills. Warrior, who previously was CTO at Motorola (MOT), represents hard-core technology expertise. Kundra, who was named to the D.C. post in 2007, has held similar government positions in the past and has a reputation for using technology to make government more open and inclusive. Neither the Obama transition team nor the two executives would comment on their potential selection by Obama.
NOTE: Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, there are four state CTOs who are Indian-American:
- Gopal Khanna in Minnesota - see SAJA item when he became president of the national association of state CIO/CTOs (Khanna, a Republican himself had served in the George W. Bush White House)
- Aneesh Chopra in Virginia
- Anand Dubey in Alaska (see SAJAforum item on him)
- Vivek Kundra in DC
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