Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Kristin Russell will be the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer.
Russell is now Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle and responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. In this role, she leads the organization that provides all infrastructure services for internal business operations and external customer solution offerings. Russell has more than 15 years experience in operations leadership, customer service and organizational design and development.
“Kristin Russell understands what technology companies need and how they fit into our state’s economic recovery,” Hickenlooper said. “Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of technology workers outside of Silicon Valley. Kristin will play a key role in our efforts to attract and expand our technology sector while also streamlining and improving technology services in the state.”
As the state’s Chief Information Officer and head of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Russell will be responsible for the overall information systems function state-wide. Her mission will be to increase the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology.
Russell will also lead technology economic development for the state. As the Secretary of Technology she will be responsible for promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new technology companies to incubate and attract large technology companies to relocate. She will work with the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade in this effort.
“Information Technology is a strategic and foundational element in the State’s economic development and recovery plan,” Russell said. “I am pleased to be selected for this critical role and look forward to leveraging the vast business, private and public communities across Colorado to unify and join forces on this front.”
Russell earned a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Colorado Executive Development in Residence program at the University of Colorado. She is currently on the board of CSIA – Colorado’s Technology Association and has served on the boards for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute Leadership Council.
As a result of her community and professional leadership, Russell was a recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award and the 2009 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award.