SEC Taps Morgan Stanley for New CIO; Florida Appoints New Technology Chief
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has hired Charles Boucher, a senior technology executive at brokerage house Morgan Stanley, as its new chief information officer.
In the role Boucher will manage all of the commission's IT programs, including application development, infrastructure operations, user support, security, and enterprise architecture. Boucher also assumes the title of Director of the Office of Information Technology, an office that works with the agency's divisions to incorporate technology into all of the commission's programs to serve investors, maintain orderly markets and promote capital formation.
"In the information age, it is critical that SEC employees have access to the technology and tools they need to serve and protect investors," SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said in announcing the hiring. "Equally important, to fulfill its mission, the SEC must provide investors with seamless and timely electronic access to publicly available filings and financial information. The office of the CIO is the technology lynchpin for the SEC."
Most recently, Boucher was an executive director at Morgan Stanley, responsible for directing technology audits for infrastructure, including information security and disaster recovery. Previously, he served as CIO at Standard & Poors, and as a vice president for Chase Manhattan.
Boucher said he recognizes the technology challenges at the SEC are difficult, but he is looking to build on the work that has been accomplished over the last several years. "My goal is to make the SEC a model, not just for government agencies, but for the use of information technology and services across the financial sector," he said.
State of Florida Names David Taylor CIO
Florida Governor Charles Crist has named David Taylor to oversee the state's information technology infrastructure, appointing him as the state's CIO and executive director of the Florida Agency for Enterprise Information Technology.
Taylor has filled the state's top technology job since July when he was named interim director. At the same time he has stayed on as CIO of the Florida Department of Health, a position he has held since 2003.
The agency for Enterprise Information Technology was created by the state legislature in 2007 to serve as a centralized body for planning enterprise IT services, and to develop policies and recommendations.
Before joining the department of health in 2003, Taylor was responsible for IT at the Volusia County Health Department, a seven-county health consortium.
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