Don Upson, former Virginia secretary of technology, has been hired as a
vice president of business operations for webMethods Inc.'s new public-sector
unit. He is expected to begin work at the integration software specialist
Upson was vice president at Litton PRC Inc. before his appointment as
Virginia's secretary of technology in 1998. It marked the first time that
a technology executive had been given such a prominent role at any level
of government. He stepped down from that position in March.
For more, see "Upson joins webMethods' fed push" (FCW.com May 9, 2000)
Stuart McKee, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, has been appointed the
chief information officer of Washington. He also will head the state's Department
of Information Services, a leader in e-government.
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.
Steven Kuhr has been named managing director of Kroll Inc.'s emergency management
group, the global risk consulting company announced May 7. He replaces Jerome
Hauer, recently appointed the director of public health preparedness at
the Department of Health and Human Services.
Kuhr will be responsible for directing initiatives related to homeland
security, counterterrorism planning and preparedness, as well as managing
emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs.
The emergency management group will focus on three primary government
service areas related to emergency management and counterterrorism: Federal,
state and local programs; public health and medical programs; and transportation
security and emergency preparedness.
Kuhr recently served as senior director with the crisis and consequences
group at Kroll, where he advised clients on matters surrounding disaster
management and terrorism preparedness.
Before working at Kroll, Steven was a consultant for the departments
of Justice and Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan
Washington Council of Governments, and state and local jurisdictions on
terrorism-related planning and exercise projects.
The National Science Board (NSB) at its May meeting elected Warren Washington,
a National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) executive, to serve as
chairman and Diana Natalicio, president of University of Texas at El Paso,
to serve as vice chairwoman.
The NSB is the policy body of the National Science Foundation, and is
composed of 24 top representatives from industry and academia. Members are
appointed by the president, confirmed by Senate and serve six-year terms.
The chair and vice chair are elected from among board members for two-year
terms in those positions.
Washington, head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate
and Global Dynamics Division at NCAR, joined the board in 1994. Natalicio
joined the board in 1995, and served as vice chairwoman from 1996 to 2000.
She joined the University of Texas faculty in 1971 and has served as its
president since 1988.