Keynote Opening Remarks by Frank Baitman

Cisco Fellow


Frank Baitman has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, and as a Cisco Fellow, focuses on innovation, technology and business strategy.

Most recently, Frank served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he focused on developing a secure foundation for digital innovation, and on improving business outcomes from the agency’s $10.4 billion IT investments.

Prior to joining HHS, Frank served as a White House Entrepreneur-In-Residence on assignment at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he helped to architect the Innovation Pathway 2.0, a streamlined process for regulatory review and approval of innovative medical devices. Earlier, he served as Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Social Security Administration.

As Director of Corporate Strategy for IBM, Frank led the company’s Global Market Trends project which identified emerging business opportunities; with these insights, Frank helped to launch the company’s Life Sciences and Pervasive Computing businesses – bringing together capabilities from microelectronics, hardware, software, services and research – to create new product offerings.

Frank was honored with FedScoop’s 50 Golden Gov award in 2014 and in 2015 “for leading government into a new technology landscape with innovative ideas, and by inspiring others to get on board.” Frank received his Master’s Degree in Public Management at the University of Maryland at College Park and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Albany.