N.C. IT czar 'CIO of the Year'
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 31, 2000
A body of work in the information technology field won N.C. Chief Information
Officer Rick Webb the "CIO of the Year" award from the Society for Information
Webb was recognized for spearheading the state's e-commerce initiative;
providing oversight for the implementation of the state's Year 2000 project;
initiating a statewide electronic mail system; and building partnerships
with state agencies, colleges and universities, public schools, local governments
and other organizations.
In his CIO position, Webb serves as Assistant Secretary of the N.C.
Department of Commerce, integrating information technology and economic
development. He also oversees the state's Office of Information Technology
Webb also serves as the chairman of the state's 911 Enhanced Wireless
Board. He is the southern regional director of the National Association
of State Information Resource Executives, and is the chair of its telecommunications
In other CIO news, Georgia CIO Mike Hale has resigned. Starting in June,
he will be the vice president and chief technology officer of Golf Augusta
Pro Shops Inc., where he will supervise its expansion into Internet sales
and e-commerce. Hale was appointed in June 1995, and served as the state's
Hale is one of several top state CIO's to leave their posts for the
private sector recently. Alaska's Mark Badger and Arizona's John Kelly resigned
in April. Badger is now with Cisco Systems Inc., and Kelly with Intel Corp.