Former IBM executive to take charge of FBI's systems

Former IBM executive to take charge of FBI's systems

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

JULY 18—FBI Director Louis J. Freeh has appointed longtime IBM Corp. executive Bob E. Dies as the assistant director of the bureau's Information Resources Division.

'Bob Dies is the right man at the right time for perhaps the toughest job in the FBI today,' Freeh said.

Dies will oversee the maintenance, upgrade and development of the FBI's information, communications and records systems. His immediate task will be the implementation of the eFBI initiative, a plan to modernize the bureau's information technology infrastructure. The FBI is waiting for Congress to approve appropriations for the initiative.

Dies recently retired as the general manager of IBM's network and personal computer division. He began his career at IBM in 1969 and became the company's corporate vice president in 1990. He later helped revamp IBM's corporate structure from one based on geographic management to an industry-specialized organization, and oversaw implementation of the change in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Dies holds a bachelor 's degree in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma.

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