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Earlier this month, the General Services Administration announced that agency CIO Sonny Hashmi would leave for the private sector, and on March 19, cloud storage provider Box announced that it was the company to hire him.

Hashmi, who formerly managed a $600 million IT budget, will serve as Box’s managing director for government. Hashmi will bring his knowledge of federal government, including his own deployment of the cloud platform called GSAConnect.

"I don't see it as a shift for me," Hashmi told the Washington Post. "It's the next step in my journey towards improving government solutions."

Box made its initial public offering in January, and will compete with Microsoft, Amazon and Google as federal agencies continue a transition to remote storage. Hashmi noted that one of his goals at Box will be to encourage governments to engage in public-private partnerships so agencies can benefit from the fast-moving innovation found in the private sector.