Texas two step: Kimbriel named deputy executive director, deputy CIO

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Todd Kimbriel has been named the deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources after serving most recently as the organization’s chief operations officer.

In his new role, which Kimbriel will officially beginSept. 1, he will also serve as the deputy chief information officer for the state of Texas.

“Todd’s work ethic, commitment to excellence, and technical competence make this move the logical next step,” Texas Chief Information Officer Karen Robinson said in a statement. “His strategic vision and his dedication to DIR and the State of Texas make him indispensable to our mission. I am eager to see where our continued partnership leads us.”

Kimbriel joined the state in 2008 to serve as the director of the state’s e-government division and oversaw the Data Center Services program teams, which assist agencies participating in the managed state data center program.

He was promoted to COO of DIR in January to lead critical programs including the state’s voice and data network, technology cooperative contracts program, technology policy and planning, Texas.gov — the Official Website for the State of Texas — and several new initiatives enabled by recent legislation.

“It is an incredible honor to serve the people of Texas. My hope is that in this new role, I will continue to be a responsible steward of their trust, even as the agency and the state pursue ways to use technology efficiently, economically, and with the focus on supporting government agencies in their roles,” Kimbriel said in a statement. “With the explosion of technology innovation, it’s an exciting time to be working in state government.”

Pleased to have Todd Kimbriel as my new @TexasDIR dep. exec. director, dep. state CIO! For months my right hand, now officially.

— Karen Robinson (@kwrobinsonTXCIO) August 22, 2014

Kimbriel has a long history of working in information technology. He worked for Broadwing Communications for almost nine years and was with the company when it was acquired by Level 3 Communications.

He also spent more than seven years at Airline Software Inc. and was an independent IT consultant for more than eight years earlier in his career. In total, he’s worked more than 25 years in the field, having spent time in all aspects of technology including planning, design, operations and management. His industry experience outside of public service includes telecommunications, aviation, retail merchandizing and import/export.

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