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Former Illinois CIO Bhatt Named President of SDI Presence

Hardik Bhatt has been working on public-sector sales and partnerships at Amazon Web Services for three years, but now he’s joining a Chicago-based managed services provider with a substantial government footprint.

Hardik Bhatt
Hardik Bhatt, former CIO of Illinois, has left his role at Amazon Web Services (AWS) to join the IT managed services provider SDI Presence.

Bhatt — who made Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers list in 2007 — will become president and chief growth officer of SDI Presence, which has a substantial footprint in the public sector with a particular focus on airports, transportation and utilities. Aside from providing managed services such as cybersecurity, network engineering and project management, the company is also a consultancy.

It’s headquartered in Chicago, where Bhatt lives.

“With more than 20 years in government technology and a proven track record of catalyzing growth, Hardik is a terrific addition to the SDI leadership team, and we are thrilled to have him join,” SDI Presence CEO David Gupta said in a press release. “Hardik has the vision and proven experience to achieve our strategic growth objectives through transformational technology solutioning and strategic partnerships. Hardik also brings sophisticated technology insights that will benefit our clients as they innovate their organizations’ technology environments.”

The move comes after Bhatt spent about three years at AWS, where he led the company’s digital government and transportation vertical before he transitioned to a role supporting gov tech startups. After his hiring, AWS went on to hire at least three more former state CIOs.
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