Warner taps Va. technology chief

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A top EDS executive has been tapped by governor-elect Mark Warner to become

Virginia's next technology secretary.

George Newstrom, senior vice president at EDS, reportedly will assume

the state technology post March 1 upon his retirement from the company.

He will replace current Secretary of Technology Donald Upson, who has agreed

to stay until then on an interim basis. Warner, who will be sworn in next

week, made the nomination Jan. 3. "George Newstrom was one of the early

leaders of northern Virginia's technology community," Warner, a Democrat,

said in a prepared statement. "I want Virginia to be known as the state

that gets the Information Age right, and George is already one of the people

who's making that happen."

At EDS, Newstrom has served in a variety of government and health-sector

roles since joining the company in 1974. He also heads the Asia-Pacific

operations for EDS Information Solutions.

Newstrom is on the board of directors of the Information Technology

Association of America, a trade association representing IT interests, and

serves as chairman of the board of the World Information Technology and

Services Alliance, an international consortium of IT trade associations.

Virginia was the first state to create a cabinet-level technology position.

Gov. Jim Gilmore appointed Upson to the post in 1998.

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