USDA CIO Chris Smith to Join Accenture in April; Kay Kapoor Comments

Chris Smith

Accenture has appointed Agriculture Department Chief Information Officer Chris Smith as the company’s new federal chief technology and innovation officer.

The company said Tuesday that he will assume his new position April 9 after retiring from his post at USDA two days prior.

Kay Kapoor, Accenture

He will report to Kay Kapoor, Accenture’s federal business lead, who said the company appointed him for his broad government experience.

He will develop the federal business unit’s technology agenda and oversee the delivery of cloud computing, big data, logistics and supply chain services.

He joined USDA as CIO in 2009, where he led the department’s transition to cloud computing and data consolidation efforts.

Government Executive magazine named him its Federal CIO of the Year for 2011.

He served as co-chair of the Federal CIO Council’s best practices committee and as government chair of the ACT/IAC’s executive leadership conference.

Prior to USDA, he held senior positions with the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

He also served 25 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard as a communications officer.

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