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Stu Davis, Former Ohio CIO, Announces Private-Sector Job

He will help lead the public sector division of a data analytics firm.

Following 21 years of state government work, former Ohio CIO Stu Davis has found his next gig as managing director of the public sector division at Sense Corp., a Missouri-based data analytics firm with offices in six states and clients around the world, according to a news release.

Davis was the nation’s second-longest serving CIO when he resigned from the state of Ohio in September, having been one of the first to hold the position when it became widespread in state governments in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Outgoing Gov. John Kasich, whose last term ends in January, appointed Davis to Ohio’s top tech position in 2011.

Since then, Davis oversaw a $162-million spending reduction in IT infrastructure, centralized cybersecurity functions, created essential enterprise services and launched an analytics program that tackles statewide issues like opioid addiction and infant mortality.

Sense Corp.’s news release called Davis a “thought leader” in the space of data analytics who will be a key figure in the firm’s public-sector division.

“In addition to providing broad digital government transformation expertise, Stu will help drive our continued focus on innovative analytics solutions and their application to government organizations,” said Jimmy Schatte, senior vice president of the division, in the statement.

Davis said data analytics will continue to be pivotal for streamlining government agencies and improving their delivery of services.

“Data analytics is the most disruptive thing that we’re going to see in my career,” he said in the statement. “I am excited to join a team with over two decades of success providing industry-leading solutions and applying cutting-edge capabilities such as A.I. and machine learning.”

Andrew Westrope is managing editor of the Center for Digital Education. Before that, he was a staff writer for Government Technology, and previously was a reporter and editor at community newspapers. He has a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.