P.K. Agarwal, director of California's Office of Technology Services, is leaving state government for a position at a Silicon Valley nonprofit organization. Agarwal, a venerable fixture in the public-sector technology arena, was named CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based TiE Global, an organization that aims to promote entrepreneurship, according to a TiE press release.

Agarwal has moved between the public and private sector throughout his career, starting as a management consultant for EDS. Agarwal played a vital role in the consolidation initiatives of former state CIO Teri Takai, who it was announced last week would be leaving state government to become assistant secretary for networks and information integration at the U.S. Department of Defense.

According to TiE, Agarwal will oversee programs and services designed to promote entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education.

"TiE is the world leader in fostering entrepreneurship and nurturing innovators. It is a great honor to join its leadership team and have the opportunity to build on its success," Agarwal said in a statement.

Agarwal was appointed director of California's Office of Technology Services (now officer of technology services in the Office of the State CIO) by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. Agarwal will take over for current TiE Global CEO Suren Dutia starting May 4.

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