Colorado CTO heading to private sector

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Sherri Hammons, Colorado’s chief technology officer since 2011, has left state government to return to the private sector.

Earlier this month, Hammons joined Denver-based IQNavigator, a provider of non-employee workforce management solutions to Global 2000 companies, as its CTO.

“As our CTO, Sherri will play a critical role in transforming our technical organization, taking it to the next level,” said IQNaviator CEO Joe Juliano. “This makes our organization even stronger at a time when the growth opportunities for IQNavigator are expanding across the globe.”

As Colorado’s CTO, Hammons, working alongside Secretary of Technology Kristin Russell, led a number of key initiatives, including:

  • Revamping Colorado’s Benefits Management System
  • Leading a four-state consortium for unemployment insurance that could be used by other states across the country
  • Co-authoring an 11-page whitepaper that encourages government leaders to rethink how their organizations are structured and how to better work with the massive vendor community
  • The launch of the Colorado Information Marketplace, the state’s open-data portal
  • Instituted a “cloud first” policy, which she said she borrowed from her friend and former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra who instituted the policy for the federal government, as well as a “mobile first” policy

Prior to working for Colorado, Hammons spent more than three years as CTO for PaySimple, a credit card and online payment processing company, overseeing technology software engineering, networking and technology support teams.

Prior to that, she was an executive at Abacus, a cooperative database company for the direct marketing industry, where she was vice president of data and model performance and oversaw the company’s software development for international markets.

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