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North Carolina Appoints First Chief Technology Officer

For more than four years, Dan Kempton served as director of engineering and cloud services for the North Carolina IT Department. He is now the state chief technology officer, a newly created role.

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North Carolina has named its first chief technology officer, Dan Kempton, according to the state's Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) website

An NCDIT spokesperson said in an email that Kempton's team "will encompass functions from various areas of the department."

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"We are especially excited about this new enterprise role because it will enable NCDIT to establish stronger relationships with private industry to help propel us forward, strengthen strategic planning, leverage the value of unifying the state’s IT resources, and finally, enable us to be more adaptable to situations like we have faced with COVID-19," the spokesperson said. 

Kempton had been head of engineering and cloud services for NCDIT. He has also served as CTO and deputy CIO of the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Before his ongoing stint in the public sector, Kempton was director of development for CAVU Corp. and senior section manager for Dell EMC, according to his LinkedIn page

"Kempton is a strong technology-focused leader who can easily discuss business needs to determine the right solution that fits them," the NCDIT website said. "His extensive and broad technical background provides the experience to guide business leaders to the solutions that will achieve the best results."

Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
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