San Francisco CIO leaving for World Health Organization

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Marc Touitou will resign next month as San Francisco’s chief information officer after a little more than a year on the job to join the World Health Organization in Geneva as its CIO.

Touitou joined the San Francisco city government in April of 2013 and led a number of key initiatives including the launch of free municipal Wi-Fi along the city’s Market Street business district, upgrading the security of the city’s servers and transitioning and consolidating employee email to Microsoft’s Office 365.

“[Touitou] brought a fresh perspective to City government and will leave the department in a strong position to make further progress,” City Administrator Naomi Kelly said in the e-mail, according to The San Francisco Examiner.

Touitou has dual citizenship in both the United States and in France and has more than 30 years of experience in information technology on the international level. As the CIO of the WHO, Touitou will have the logistical challenge of providing computing services to more than 7,000 workers spread across 150 countries around the globe.

Prior to coming to San Francisco, Touitou owned his own management consulting practice, Semperfi2e2, and served as a senior vice president and CIO of ASML, a global provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry.

Miguel Gamino, the department’s chief operating officer, will fill the post until a permanent replacement is selected. Kelly told the San Francisco Examiner that Gamino will ensure there is no disruption in the department’s ongoing efforts around improving San Francisco’s technology and advancing Wi-Fi initiatives.

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