N.C.'s IT staff shuffle continues
- By Eric Kulisch
- Sep 21, 2000
Former Citicorp executive Michael Fenton was named North Carolina's chief
technology officer Sept. 15, following a three-month review period.
As CTO, Fenton will be responsible for providing guidance to an oversight
policy commission and developing standards for the state's technical architecture.
He joined the Information Resources Management (IRM) division within the
Office of Information Technical Services in June as deputy CTO. He became
acting CTO, and head of IRM when CTO Emilie Schmidt left after five years.
The IRM provides analytical, technical and administrative support to the
Information Resource Management Commission, which formulates state-level
information technology strategies, plans, policies, and procedures, and
helps implement technology initiatives across state agencies.
Fenton's promotion is the latest in a series of transitions at the Office
of Information Technical Services. The office's new boss is Ron Hawley,
who replaced Rick Webb as North Carolina's chief information officer on
Sept. 1, the same day the office began reporting directly to Gov. Jim Hunt's
office instead of the state's Department of Commerce. Hawley previously
was chief operating officer for ITS.
In April, Jim Broadwell, director of Telecommunications Services, joined
Cisco Systems Inc., according to the June edition of the office's newsletter,
"ITS Update." Broadwell's position is being filled by an acting director.
Sharon Hayes was appointed manager of the IT Strategic Planning section
of IRM in May, the newsletter said.
ITS staff members contacted Wednesday declined to indicate whether or when
the positions of chief operating officer or deputy CTO would be filled.
Hawley was unavailable for comment.
As a Citicorp vice president, Fenton determined the financial giant's network
systems architecture and was the liaison between technology groups and bank
management. He relocated from South Korea to work with North Carolina's