Amazon Web Services Hires Three More State Tech Leaders
Amazon Web Services continued its streak of hiring former state government tech executives, adding three more to its ranks since the start of the year.
The three new state IT managers at AWS are:
- Randy Iwasaki, who headed the California Department of Transportation and joined AWS in January as a leader in local and national transportation.
- Maria Thompson, former chief risk officer for North Carolina, who joined AWS in June as cybersecurity manager for state and local governments
- David McCurdy, former chief technology officer of Colorado, who joined AWS in June as an executive adviser to the government
They join three former state CIOs at AWS: Craig Orgeron from Mississippi, Chuck Grindle from Kentucky, and Morgan Reed from Arizona. Hardik Bhatt, a former CIO from Illinois, worked at AWS until June, when he left to run another tech company.
AWS did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
The move is a testament to both AWS’s growing interest in serving government as well as a wider interest among other tech giants. Microsoft has also been busy hiring former state IT officials, while Salesforce has invested in government tech startup Zencity and Google’s affiliate Sidewalk Labs has been working in smart cities and the transportation space since. years.