DENVER — Monday, April 21, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Kristin Russell will leave her job next month as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to join Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“Efficient state government is rooted in client service, in simplicity and accessibility,” Hickenlooper said. “To effectively provide the services we do, to be successful, that means we must move at the speed of technology. Kristin Russell has put us in a position where we are doing that, and what’s more, she has created an enduring foundation for us to continue to do so moving forward. She has made sure our Office of Information Technology has its feet securely on the ground, mindful of the present, while seizing the power of nimble and streamlined cloud-based systems to have us prepared for the rapidly evolving future. This administration and the people of the Colorado have been fortunate to have her expertise and we wish her the very best.”

Russell was hired by the governor in February 2011 as the state’s Chief Information Officer to increase the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology. She also served as the state’s Secretary of Technology to help promote economic development across Colorado’s technology industry.

“It has been an honor to work for Governor Hickenlooper,” Russell said. “I have had the opportunity to work with leaders in the Cabinet and teams at OIT who are passionate about serving Coloradans. I could not have had a better team to accomplish the rigorous goals we set for improving IT across the state.”

Russell brought more than 20 years experience in leading operations, services and information technology to state government when she was hired. Under Russell’s leadership at OIT:

  • The state upgraded and transformed the Colorado Benefits Management System into a reliable and trustworthy system.
  • The state consolidated more than 15 disparate email systems into a single, cloud-based collaboration system for the entire Executive Branch.
  • Colorado is leading the nation’s first ever, multi-state cloud based Unemployment Insurance solution (WYCAN).
  • The state launched the Colorado Information Marketplace -- the state’s first open, data sharing marketplace promoting government transparency, economic development, business intelligence and analytics.
  • The state is modernizing a 23-year-old financial and accounting system that handles in excess of $35 billion in annual expenditures and revenues.

Russell also established the organizational structure, measurements and strategic fiscal year “playbook” for OIT based on IT best practices and standards, and she led efforts to consolidate and leverage shared IT services for the State, delivering in excess of $2.5 million in annual cost savings/avoidance each year.

Before joining OIT, Russell was Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle, where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. In this role, she led the organization that provided all infrastructure services for internal business operations and external customer solution offerings.

Russell earned a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Colorado Executive Development in Residence program at the University of Colorado. As a result of her community and professional leadership, Kristin was honored as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers; she was selected as the 2013 Denver Business Journal  Public/Non-Profit CIO of the Year; and was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.

Kevin Patterson, a deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s Office, will oversee OIT on an interim basis when Russell leaves her job on May 9. A search for a permanent replacement is underway.

 

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