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New York Names IBM Veteran Robert Samson as CIO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the appointment April 25, nearly a month after Maggie Miller resigned from the role.

by / April 25, 2017
The New York Capitol in Albany. David Kidd/Government Technology

Less than a month after the departure of Maggie Miller, the state of New York has found its new CIO in 36-year IBM leader Robert Samson. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 25, as part of a series of appointments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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.

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