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San Francisco Hires New Chief Information Officer

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 26 2013

The city and county of San Francisco has just hired Marc Yves Touitou as its new chief information officer, Mayor Ed Lee's office announced Thursday.

Touitou comes from the corporate world. He was previously the senior vice president and chief Information officer for ASML, a semiconductor company based in the Netherlands.

Touitou succeeds then-acting CIO Jon Walton, who left in January to become San Mateo County's CIO.

San Francisco's new CIO has a lot of work ahead of him. A civil grand jury published a scathing critique last August entitled "San Francisco's city technology needs a culture shock," and it castigated the mayor and city government's approach to managing its technology infrastructure (to be fair, that approach was established long before Lee became mayor). In particular, the report said that the management was too decentralized, duplicative and disorganized.

In an announcement on the appointment, City Administrator Naomi Kelly, who chairs the City’s Committee on Information Technology, said: “Marc Touitou is the innovative, private sector leader San Francisco needs to improve our technology services. He will provide the executive leadership to ensure that every City department meets the high standards and cost effective approach San Franciscans deserve.”

In addition to overhauling the city's systems to become more efficient, Touitou will be implementing some new rules that Lee signed into law this week. The city's board of supervisors approved a new open data law late March, which creates a chief data officer position, but which would also place new requirements in place for vendors to ensure that city information isn't trapped in their software systems.