DISA official departs for industry job

Betsy Appleby, the Defense Department's former Net-Centric Enterprise Services program director, has left government to head up strategic programs for the public sector at Akamai Technologies Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.

Earlier this year, Appleby was reassigned from the NCES program to the Strategic Planning and Information Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency. A DISA spokeswoman said the move was designed to bring Appleby's technical knowledge and experience to 'better incorporating the net-centric vision into the agency's strategic planning process.'

At the helm of NCES, Appleby was responsible for the design and award of a commercial pilot for Next Generation Collaboration Services. Alfred Schenck is now acting program manager of NCES.

Appleby worked in IT acquisition and program management at DOD for more than 15 years. She previously led public-key enabling efforts, developing enterprise technologies to meet information assurance requirements within the combatant commands, services and agencies.

'She has a deep understanding of acquisition, technology and the tenets of transformation,' according to a company release.

As director of strategic programs, Appleby will work to bring Akamai's enterprise services and technologies to federal agencies.

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