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Georgia Technology Authority Names New Chief Technology Officer

Dmitry Kagansky, the state's first chief cloud officer, has been named as the replacement for longtime Chief Technology Officer Steve Nichols. Nichols stepped down last month for a private-sector role.

Earlier today, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) named Dmitry Kagansky as the state’s new chief technology officer, officially replacing longtime CTO Steve Nichols.

Last month, Nichols announced that he would be stepping down from the role on Aug. 31, ending his 20-year tenure with the agency for a position with Gartner Consulting.

Meanwhile, Kagansky has been working with the GTA since September 2021 as the state's first chief cloud officer and deputy executive director, overseeing the state migration efforts.

“Dmitry’s experience and vision are well suited for GTA’s direction for the future,” said GTA Executive Director and State CIO Shawnzia Thomas in a release. “He is very capable of leading our enterprise effort to migrate state applications to a cloud environment, a transformation that is vital to ensuring our ability to provide secure, reliable technology services for the state.”

Before working with GTA, Kagansky worked with Amazon Web Services for more than four years, helping state agencies implement and migrate to the cloud. He also served as executive vice president of development for Star2Star Communications and was the federal chief technology officer for Quest Software.

“We want to connect agencies with technology that best enables their business,” Kagansky said in a release. “Rather than confining them to some finite slate of services we’re committed to, we want to be asking agencies, ‘What do you need?’”