Jackson becomes Ohio CIO

Ohio's Gov. Bob Taft last week appointed the state's first CIO, Greg Jackson.

Jackson since January 2000 has been assistant director of Ohio's Administrative Services Department, where he oversaw the Information Technology Governance and Information Technology Service Delivery divisions.

He has also been a consultant for IBM Corp.'s Global Government Consulting Group and deputy director of Management Information Systems for the Ohio Taxation Department. Jackson has also worked for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Oakland, Calif., and the Hoover Co. of North Canton, Ohio.

In the cabinet-level position, Jackson will oversee a new Office of Information Technology, which will fall under the Administrative Services Department.

Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985 from Bowling Green State University. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Ashland University.

In a statement Taft said, 'We are always looking for ways to increase efficiencies in state spending and improve service delivery, and a unified information technology strategy will help us meet this goal.'

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