Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the appointment April 25, nearly a month after Maggie Miller resigned from the role.
Samson is taking over the state's IT operations after retiring from IBM in 2009. He occupied several leadership positions at the company, including stints as general manager of its Global Public Sector business and as vice president of its Worldwide Systems and Technology Group.
Samson sits on the advisory board of the State University of New York Center for Technology in Government and participates in the state's Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, which was involved in the state's decision to move email to the cloud.
Miller left the Office of Information Technology Services March 31 after serving as the state CIO for two years.