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Montana Seeks New Chief Technology Officer, Names Interim

Former CTO Matt Van Syckle has taken a new job with private-sector firm KWR Strategies LLC. An interim CTO has been named as the state looks to fill the role.

Matt Van Syckle.
The Montana State Information Technology Services Division is launching the search for a new chief technology officer.

The state department told Government Technology that Friday is former Chief Technology Officer Matt Van Syckle’s last day. Van Syckle had worked with the state for 17 years.

According to Van Syckle’s LinkedIn account, he’s joining KWR Strategies LLC as vice president of national strategy.
“It has been an honor to work for the best engineers in the nation as their CTO for the last seven years,” Van Syckle wrote in a LinkedIn post. “Serving the citizens of Montana for almost 17 years has been amazing!”

While Van Syckle will now be working in the private sector, he’ll continue to work in the public service realm.

“At KWR, Matt will focus on strengthening the vital partnerships between state governments and innovative technology providers,” wrote KWR Strategies CEO Karen Robinson on LinkedIn. “His deep understanding of state technology requirements and proven ability to implement large-scale projects will be instrumental in delivering robust, forward-thinking solutions to our government partners.”
According to the division, Katelyn Schaub, the Application Technology Services Bureau chief, will fill the CTO position in the interim.