Disney exec to be Washington CIO

Washington Gov. Gary Locke named a former Walt Disney Co. executive as the state's chief information officer.

Stuart McKee, who was appointed in late April, also will head the state's Department of Information Services (www.wa.gov/dis). He will take over a department that was an early innovative leader in e-government, used technology and the Web to transform government services, and fostered increased cooperation among agencies.

While with Disney, McKee served as vice president of global Internet operations, overseeing the company's Internet properties, including ESPN.com, Disney.com, ABCNews.com, Go.com, DisneyStore.com and DisneyTravel.com.

Before that, he was general manager and senior executive producer for Go.com, an Internet portal developed by Infoseek and Disney. He also served as director of business and database systems for Infoseek, managing the strategic planning, development and operations during its acquisition by Disney in 1999.

McKee has degree in business administration/management accounting from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and an MBA from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

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