Arizona gets a new CIO from the private sector

Morgan Reed, formerly of Expedia, has taken over as Arizona's CIO, StateScoop has learned.

After more than 10 months with an acting chief information officer, Arizona will have a permanent leader for its Strategic Enterprise Technology Office, StateScoop has learned.

Morgan Reed, formerly Expedia’s director of data center services, has taken over as Arizona’s CIO, Reed confirmed to StateScoop.

At Expedia, Reed led data center management across the company’s business units worldwide and directed the overall data center strategy. He was with the company for two years.

Prior to his time at the travel booking company, Reed served in a variety of positions with Web hosting company, according to his LinkedIn profile. Most recently, Reed led IT governance, disaster recovery and business continuity efforts for GoDaddy. He also led the company’s global data centers, IT systems and advanced support operations in previous roles.


In April 2014, Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Reed to Arizona’s Information Technology Authorization Committee, which “operates as the central nervous system” of Arizona state government operations, according to ASET’s website. The ITAC meets monthly to approve or reject state IT projects with costs exceeding $1 million across all three branches of state government. ITAC members receive no compensation for their work.

As CIO, Reed replaces Mike Lettman, the state’s chief information security officer who has been serving as acting state CIO since Aaron Sandeen left in January during a gubernatorial administration change. Sandeen departed alongside deputy CIO Philip Manfredi and chief technology officer Kiran Chinnagangannagari. Since leaving state service, Sandeen, Manfredi and Chinnagangannagari have co-founded Zuggand Inc., a business transformation consulting firm.

This story is developing. Check back with StateScoop later on for updates. 

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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