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Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology and State Chief Information Officer

Kristin D. Russell is a dynamic and innovative executive with more than 15 years experience in operations leadership, IT and organizational design and development. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Russell to serve as the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer in February 2011. In this role, she is responsible for leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology.


Russell previously was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle and was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. Russell held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems Inc., including serving as Vice President of IT Operations. She has held roles in customer management, statistical process control analysis and employee training and development while at Citigroup and Southern Pacific Transportation Lines.


Russell serves on several boards and was named a Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award by Global CIO Executive Summit, a Computerworld 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders and chairs the Colorado Innovation Network board of Advisors. She is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's “Forty Under 40” award and the 2009 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry award.


Russell earned a bachelor’s 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 at Boulder.