New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that he selected information technology veteran Kevin Belden as chief information officer for the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).

Belden has nearly 30 years of information technology management experience in the public and private sectors including serving as CIO for the state of New York's Department of Taxation and Finance from August 1998 to October 2000. He joins OSC after spending more than six years as an associate partner and executive consultant at IBM Global Business Services. Belden is a current member and past chairman of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service  Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

"Kevin's extensive information technology knowledge and familiarity with government operations will help my office achieve the highest levels of efficiency in all that we do using the latest technology," DiNapoli said. "Our mission to serve the public and protect taxpayer dollars with competence and integrity will be well served with Kevin's arrival."

During his time at IBM, Belden specialized in managing New York State and local government clients and led teams with expertise in IT management, government systems and government e-services. Additionally, Belden was a consultant to the IRS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Belden holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the State University of New York, Albany. He earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and French from Union College in Schenectady.

Belden starts at OSC on June 21. His annual salary will be $173,000.