August 8, 2011 – Former Microsoft executive and FCC managing director Steven VanRoekel has been picked by President Obama to take over as federal CIO, a job that carries changing demands with government plans for security and cloud adoption, according to industry analysts.

In replacing outgoing CIO Vivek Kundra, VanRoekel comes to the new appointment from previous director positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and, before that, two years at the Federal Communications Commission, according to a news release on last Thursday’s announcement. From 1994 to 2009, he worked as Microsoft, as an assistant to Bill Gates and, most recently, as senior director for Windows Server and Tools division. VanRoekel received a B.A. in Management of Information Systems from Iowa State University.

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