StateScoop highlights 2018 Industry Leadership winners

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The Industry Leadership award recognizes the private sector pioneer driving change in government IT with unique solutions.


Jennifer AxtGeneral Manager, North America State & Local Government and EducationDell EMC

Jennifer Axt is Dell EMC's General Manager for North America State & Local Government and Education. Before Dell and EMC merged, Axt was the general manager for U.S. Public Sector for EMC where she and her team developed new sales tools and solutions around IT transformation, data protection, security, big data and mobility. Axt is also an active corporate member at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Dwight ChamberlainSenior Director, SLEDRed Hat

Under Dwight's new leadership at Red Hat, our SLED practice continues to grow into new states, universities and programs. Dwight not only embodies the true meaning of open source through his ability to share and encourage new, innovative ideas, but he also mentors those under and around him for a truly collaborative approach to leadership in the public sector.

Harry HeringtonCEO & ChairmanNIC Inc.

After 25 years in digital government, there are many reasons why NIC CEO Harry Herington is an industry leader, but one important moment was his leadership of the 2017 nationwide launch of the disruptive, cloud-based Gov2Go platform. The first personal assistant for government is now available to everyone in the U.S., with more than 500,000 Americans receiving notifications about upcoming government responsibilities via Gov2Go in 2017. This is just one example of how Harry serves as a digital government pioneer. He is always driving the Company to harness the latest technology for government, including chatbots, Alexa skills, and virtual reality.

Thomas MacLellanDirector of Policy & Government AffairsSymantec

Thomas MacLellan, serves as Director of Policy and Government Affairs at Symantec where he focuses on cyber security policy challenges facing state & local governments. With nearly 20 years of experience working nationally across cyber security, electronic crime, forensics, public safety and privacy, he takes the time to deeply understand each organization’s unique challenges and is regularly consulted by state and local policy makers. In 2017, he briefed over 40 state and local government leaders, 25 Governors, 35 State CIOs & CISOs and spoke at numerous summits. He also serves on two State Governor cyber security advisory committees and was cited in StateTech Magazine, Government Technology and Governing.

Kim NelsonExecutive Director, State & Local Government SolutionsMicrosoft

Kim and her team are empowering state governments to transform with the cloud. She is driving digital transformations that better serve constituents, reduce costs and increase efficiency while ensuring privacy, security and compliance with CJIS, HIPAA, IRS1075 and other key regulations. Recent collaborations with a number of Microsoft partners, including NIC, CXC, and Morpho include innovations that enable governments to: fight fraud, securely store law-enforcement video, deliver water quality and sustainability at low cost, and remain compliant with federal child-welfare rules. Throughout her distinguished, 30-year career at Microsoft and in the public sector, Kim has made significant contributions that inspire governments to modernize, meet new challenges and achieve more for citizens.

John PellettiereNational Sales Director - State, Local & EducationNutanix

John Pellettiere is the national sales director for state, local and education at Nutanix where he focuses on building a national SLED sales division. He strategically sets the sales and marketing plan for Nutanix's SLED market play and manages the channel relationships with the largest OEMs to drive scale and alignment with the company's product. Pellettiere joined the company in 2015 after serving in multiple roles with CDW-G.

Bethann PepoliDirector, SLED Business DevelopmentSplunk

Bethann Pepoli is the director of SLED Business Development for Splunk — a company focused on making machine data more accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Pepoli previously served as the CTO for state and local government at EMC. Prior that role, Pepoli was a deputy chief information officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Kenneth SmithPrincipalDeloitte

Kenny is Deloitte Consulting LLP’s national leader and principal for the Integrated Eligibility practice. Kenny has nearly 20 years of experience in large-scale programmatic transformation implementing Integrated Eligibility Solutions (IES) spanning six states. Kenny leads Deloitte’s team in supporting our current IES client engagements as well as designing solutions to meet potential new clients' needs for eligibility and enrollment solutions. Kenny is the lead on the Georgia Gateway project, which has delivered a single, enterprise-wide view of customers’ needs and benefits, giving workers and providers tools that help move customers to independence and self-sufficiency.

Return to the 2018 StateScoop 50 Awards announcement page here.

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