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PayIt Makes Former Illinois CTO Its Chief Client Officer

Mike Wons was already serving as an adviser to the company.

Mike Wons, the former chief technology officer of the state of Illinois, has taken on the role of chief client officer for the government-serving startup PayIt.

Wons has been serving as an adviser to the company since February. According to his LinkedIn profile, the CCO role “functions as a mentor and provides foundational leadership around product and experience innovation, customer success teams, partner and channel expansion, intellectual property, back-office functions supporting the company’s growth plans and industry evangelism to support the continued expansion of PayIt’s thought leadership.”

As Illinois CTO, Wons worked with PayIt to deliver on the state’s IT strategy.

“The PayIt digital government and payment platform is helping federal, state and local government entities dramatically improve citizen self-service while driving significant cost-savings for the agency,” he said in a press release. “I had the unique opportunity to be a PayIt client prior to joining the team as we launched the Illinois “FIRST” platform and am a true believer in this unique technology and the team behind it.”

Wons left state government in early 2018 and took a job with the cybersecurity firm SAI Global, where he no longer works.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.