Industry leaders; Williams and Suda move up at USDA

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Industry leaders

The Industry Advisory Council and the American Council on Technology announced their new leaders during the Management of Change conference June 3-5.

Leslie Steele, founder and chief executive officer of InterImage, was elected executive vice chairman for the upcoming year. She will serve as IAC chairwoman beginning July 1, 2008.

Among the other newly elected committee members:
  • Vice Chair at Large: Robert Dix Jr., Juniper Networks’ director of government affairs.
  • Vice Chair at Large: Maria Horton, EmeSec founder and CEO.
  • Vice Chair at Large: Andy Robinson, ICF International senior vice president of information technology and program management.
  • Vice Chair at Large: Patrick Schambach, Nortel Government Solutions president of the civilian sector.
  • Vice Chair at Large: Sally Turner, CGI Federal director of strategic initiatives.
ACT board members for 2007 through 2009
The newly elected members of the ACT Board who will assume office July 1 are as follows:
  • President: Martha Dorris, the General Services Administration’s deputy associate administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Communications.
  • Vice President at Large: Michael Carleton, GSA’s chief information officer.
  • Vice President at Large: Linda Cureton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s CIO and director of the information technology and communications directorate.
  • Vice President at Large: Prashant Gaur, Defense Business Transformation Agency’s Defense enterprise integration executive.
  • Vice President at Large: Mark Krzysko, assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense.
  • Vice President at Large: Jacquelyn Patillo, the Transportation Department’s deputy CIO.
  • Vice President at Large: William Vajda, the Education Department’s CIO.
  • Vice President at Large: Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary and deputy CIO.
  • Vice President at Large: Gary Wetterhall, assistant program executive officer for the Army’s Enterprise Information Systems.
  • Vice President at Large: Jim Williams, GSA’s commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.
  • Vice President at Large: Jerry Williams, the Agriculture Department’s deputy CIO.
Williams and Suda move up at USDA
The Agriculture Department has named Deputy Chief Information Officer Jerry Williams acting CIO following the resignation last week of CIO Dave Combs.

Williams has led department initiatives to support information technology security and financial management. Before joining USDA, he was acting CIO at the Small Business Administration. He also was chief of the Federal Financial Management Systems Branch at the Office of Management and Budget.

Combs’ retirement has led to other organizational changes, which Williams announced June 12.

Robert Suda
, associate CIO for integration and operations, will be acting deputy CIO under Williams. Before joining USDA, Suda was assistant commissioner of the Office of IT Solutions in the General Services Administration’s Federal Technology Service.

Kathleen Rundle, currently associate CIO at the National Information Technology Center, will be acting associate CIO of integration and operations, focusing on integrating NITC, telecommunications and IT services within the CIO’s office.

Chris Niedermayer
will remain associate CIO of information and technology management. He is responsible for capital planning, enterprise architecture, IT governance, strategic planning and departmentwide IT training. Lynn Allen will continue as associate CIO for cybersecurity, with responsibility for all IT and data security in the department.

Combs plans to retire June 30 and return to his home state of North Carolina.

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