N.C. CIO leaves for private sector
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 24, 2000
Another pioneering state chief information officer has decided to leave
his post for the private sector. North Carolina's Rick Webb will become
managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's (www.pwcglobal.com) state
and local government consulting practice.
Webb, who served as North Carolina's CIO for three years, said Friday
he was excited to help the firm "build partnerships with state governments
and strengthen their capabilities to go online.... I can take my experience
in the public sector to a broader and more diverse audience."
A recipient of the Society for Information Management's "CIO of the
Year" award, Webb said he was not actively seeking a position, but he received
a "grand opportunity."
"Serving as a state CIO is a challenging job, but when all is said and
done, I have to consider my family first," he said.
Retaining talented IT workers has become a significant challenge for
state and local governments. By leaving his state post, Webb joins CIOs
from Alaska, Arizona and Georgia all of whom have recently left for jobs
in the private sector.
Webb, who instituted a program to train people in cooperation with Cisco
Systems Inc. in hopes they might decide to work in the public sector, said
governments must be creative.
"The financial incentive is important," Webb said. "But also there are
incentives in creativity and innovation. Government needs to think about
ways people are rewarded, and it is going to take creative and innovative
people [to do that]."
He said it was an opportune time to leave because it is the middle of
the legislative session and the CIO position will shift from the Department
of Commerce to the governor's office this fall.
He believes his greatest accomplishment was reorganization. "We promoted
management of information technology from an enterprise perspective, across
agency boundaries," he said.
His last day is August 31.