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Vermont Gov. Scott Taps Shawn Nailor to Take Helm as CIO

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has announced two leadership appointments: Shawn Nailor will take over as secretary and CIO of the Agency of Digital Services, while Denise Reilly-Hughes will serve as the agency’s deputy secretary.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
Gov. Phil Scott announced today that Shawn Nailor would permanently lead the Agency of Digital Services as secretary and CIO with Denise Reilly-Hughes serving as deputy secretary.

“Both Shawn and Denise bring a high level of expertise to their new roles at ADS,” Scott said in the announcement. “Their decades of work in the area of information technology and cybersecurity will help us continue our efforts to modernize how we deliver services to Vermonters.”

Nailor began in the role in an interim capacity in September 2022, following former CIO John Quinn’s departure for a role in the private sector. Nailor had been serving as the deputy secretary since August 2017.

Before working with ADS, he spent more than three decades with the state’s Agency of Transportation (AOT), in roles ranging from engineering and information technology to geographic information systems. He was named IT director of AOT prior to joining ADS.

Reilly-Hughes, meanwhile, brings more than two decades of private-sector technology experience to the deputy role. Her experience includes serving as a partner with the state of Vermont through the transition of its workplace environment to the cloud.

The appointments are effective immediately.