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NYC's Chief Digital Officer Hired by State

Rachel Haot has been named as the state's new deputy secretary for technology.

by / December 18, 2013

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, as the state's new deputy secretary for technology.

In a release, Cuomo said that Haot brings a "proven track record of success from her work in both the public and private sectors," and that she will help the state reach and connect with New Yorkers on digital and social media platforms.

In the same announcement, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg noted that Haot helped set the standard for how a municipal government can engage the people it serves through digital platforms, adding that Haot has made New York City a digital model for cities across the country.

Bloomberg also credited much of the city's tech-sector boom to her efforts. "The Governor made a very smart hire here," he said, "and I look forward to seeing her continue her outstanding work, now for our state.”

Haot is the founder and former CEO of a citizen journalism platform. She also launched and managed a boutique digital strategy consultancy and served as a business developer for the peer-to-peer file sharing platform LimeWire. She holds a B.A. in history from New York University.

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