Just a few days after the resignation of Pennsylvania CIO Tony Encinias, the commonwealth appointed Rosa Lara as acting chief information officer on March 9. She will act in this capacity until March 23, when John MacMillan will become the permanent CIO and Lara will assume the role of deputy CIO.
Lara has more than 15 years of experience in IT, having also served as director for the Bureau of Application Development, and as deputy CIO for Health and Human Service agencies.
MacMillan brings nearly three decades of IT industry expertise to the CIO’s office, including 18 years with IBM, most recently assisting the state of Ohio with its data center strategy, according to a memo sent to state IT employees. He also served for a decade with federal departments in Canada.
Editor's note: This story was updated on March 11 at 2:55 p.m. to include information on John MacMillan's appointment and Lara's role upon his arrival.