DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 — Governor John Hickenlooper today announced that Secretary of Technology and State Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati will leave the administration at the end of the Governor’s term to join DISH Network. Nallapati was appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2014 to lead the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), which provides IT services, solutions and support for more than 32,000 state agency employees. OIT is also home to the Office of Information Security and the Colorado Broadband Office.
“Suma always kept Colorado on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “She guided us through many groundbreaking initiatives and provided a steady hand as we faced tough technology challenges. She will be a valuable addition at DISH.”
Under her leadership Colorado was the first state to integrate the state’s health and human services integrated eligibility and enrollment system hosted on the cloud. Nallapati also led numerous system modernization efforts including those for unemployment insurance, driver license and registration, Department of Corrections, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Through these innovative endeavors and many others Nallapati enriched the digital experience for Colorado residents.
Nallapati was recently named CIO of the Year at the APEX Awards hosted by Colorado Technology Association. The esteemed CIO of the Year honor is awarded to an outstanding chief information officer at a Colorado-based company or department who has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization. Nallapati was also named a 2017 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado honoree by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Nallapati is set to become DISH’s senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer, a first ever role for the connectivity company headquartered in Englewood, Colo.