The company is following in the footsteps of Amazon Web Services, which went on a similar hiring spree last year. Microsoft has picked up four former state CIOs and one city CIO to fill various roles.
Following in the footsteps of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft has spent the last several months hiring former state and local government CIOs.
The tech giant has hired at least five such people since September:
Microsoft representatives declined to comment on the hiring spree. In a recent interview with Government Technology, Goldberg said he would be focusing on digital government and critical infrastructure, hoping to push the public sector toward transforming its IT systems.
The hires come after Amazon Web Services scooped up four former state CIOs, including three in 2020.
It’s common for state CIOs to leave their posts for jobs in the private sector; in 2019, Government Technology examined CIO careers and found that about half went to private companies after stepping down from their government posts. But their destinations are very diverse, including IT firms like Microsoft as well as finance, consulting and many other fields.
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