Virginia Governor Youngkin appoints former Kansas CIO as CIO

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Written by Colin Wood

After a week in office, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Friday named Phil Wittmer, Kansas’ former chief information officer, as chief information officer.

Wittmer, who in 2018 resigned as top Kansas tech official amid administration change, takes over in Virginia after resignation earlier this week of former Commonwealth CIO Nelson Moe. As CIO, Wittmer heads the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, where he reports to Margaret “Lyn” McDermid, a former Federal Reserve CIO, whom Youngkin selected as head of the Virginia Department of Administration.

Phil Wittmer (LinkedIn)

After his stint in Kansas, Wittmer spent the last few years as an IT consultant, spending the last five months with accounting and consulting firm RSM, according to LinkedIn.

Prior to state government, Wittmer held technical positions at companies including TV Guide Magazine, food service and uniform company Aramark, and Pizza Hut, where he served as “Director of Automation restaurants”. (His ties to the restaurant industry put Wittmer in a like-minded company — many state CIOs have marry their love for the pizza tracking app offered by competitor Domino’s Pizza.)

Wittmer enters an administration with a newly appointed director of transformation, although the connection between Youngkin’s transformation plans and the Commonwealth’s technology efforts is unclear. The governor’s office did not respond to requests for additional information about the nomination.

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