New Virginia tech czar is EDS' Newstrom

New Virginia tech czar is EDS' Newstrom

Virginia Gov.-elect Mark R. Warner yesterday appointed George C. Newstrom as the state's new secretary of technology. Newstrom is senior vice president of Electronic Data Systems Corp. and president of EDS' Asian IT division.

'I want Virginia to be known as the state that gets the information age right, and George is already one of the people who's making that happen,' Warner said.

Newstrom, who is well-known in the Northern Virginia technology community, serves on the board of the Information Technology Association of America and cochairs the Virginia Technology Council. He directs EDS operations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Before joining EDS in 1974, Newstrom served in the Marine Corps. He has a bachelor's degree in education administration from the University of California.

Newstrom is the second person to hold the Cabinet post of technology secretary. Virginia's first secretary of technology, Donald Upson, has agreed to continue as interim secretary until early spring, when Newstrom retires from EDS.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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