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Vermont Appoints Reilly-Hughes to Lead IT Department

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Denise Reilly-Hughes as secretary of the Agency of Digital Services; she will take the role former CIO Shawn Nailor held prior to retiring in June.

Denise Reilly-Hughes head and shoulder shot. She's professionally dressed and wearing glasses with a playful cow-splotch pattern. She's looking at the camera and smiling.
Denise Reilly-Hughes
Government Technology/David Kidd
On Sept. 14, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Denise Reilly-Hughes to the role of secretary of the Agency of Digital Services (ADS).

Reilly-Hughes has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since former CIO and ADS Secretary Shawn Nailor announced his June 2023 retirement.

Reilly-Hughes was appointed deputy secretary of ADS in January. She served in ADS under Nailor and collaborated with his predecessor John Quinn in her role at Microsoft prior to joining ADS. Since taking on the interim secretary role, Reilly-Hughes has worked to create a culture of stability in the wake of several recent leadership changes for the agency — including Quinn’s 2022 departure.

Reilly-Hughes brings to the role more than 20 years of technology experience in the private sector prior to joining ADS. She has expertise in areas such as licensing contracts, technology strategy, customer success and executive leadership.

Throughout the past decade, she has worked with New England states and was an integral partner in Vermont’s transition of its workplace environment into the cloud.

“I am looking forward to leading the Agency of Digital Services through the next phases of our state’s technology modernization journey and fostering deeper partnerships with fellow state leaders to drive better outcomes for Vermonters,” said Reilly-Hughes in the announcement.

As she previously told Government Technology, her plan is to continue the trajectory of the agency’s past two leaders to maintain their progress towards agency priorities. This includes transparency around investments, data privacy and cybersecurity and customer experience.