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GTA CTO to Depart, Explore New Roles Outside of Agency

Effective Oct. 31, Dmitry Kagansky, chief technology officer for the Georgia Technology Authority, will end his two-year stint with the state, where he helped guide state systems toward the cloud.

Georgia Chief Technology Officer Dmitry Kagansky.
Government Technology/David Kidd
Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) Chief Technology Officer Dmitry Kagansky is leaving his post effective Oct. 31, after replacing longtime CTO Steve Nichols in September 2022. Kagansky announced his departure Oct. 13 on LinkedIn.

In a staff memo shared today, state CIO and GTA Executive Director Shawnzia Thomas wrote, “In his time with us as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Dmitry has made significant contributions to GTA’s efforts to better serve agencies.”

The memo went on to state, “Since joining GTA, Dmitry has led one of our top priorities, guiding agencies in shifting state systems and applications to the cloud – with over 100 servers being moved in the first wave of migrations, making it possible for additional cloud platform options to be implemented in the future.”

Kagansky first joined GTA in September 2021 as the state's first chief cloud officer.

During Kagansky’s tenure, Thomas added that he focused on cloud training to ensure that agency IT staff had the necessary skills to optimize applications in new environments. He guided the development of a range of cloud training options including GTA’s Cloud Campus self-guided training center and a partnership with the Technical College System of Georgia. Kagansky also worked with agencies to prepare their teams for upcoming consolidation and upgrades at the state data center.

Before joining GTA, Kagansky's professional journey included a nearly five-year stint at Amazon Web Services, where he helped state agencies with their cloud migrations. He also previously served as the executive vice president of software development at Star2Star Communications and held a position as the federal chief technology officer at Quest Software Public Sector, which was acquired by Dell.