Wake County CIO Bill Greeves to Depart for Private Sector

The North Carolina county chief information and innovation officer announced his plans to step down at the end of the month to join software company SAP as an industry executive advisor.

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Bill Greeves, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer for Wake County, N.C., home to Raleigh, will become an Industry Executive Advisor at SAP.
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Local government IT veteran Bill Greeves plans to step down from his post as chief information and innovation officer of Wake County, N.C., at the end of the month to join international software company SAP.

“I’ve decided to try my hand at something new and completely different,” Greeves said, adding he will depart Wake County next month to become an “industry executive advisor” at SAP. “I'll be using my experience and background to help the organization connect and respond to the unique challenges faced by the public sector."

“It’s about as far from retirement as I can get,” he added.

Greeves has spent the last eight years as CIO and deputy county manager in Wake County, home to 1.1 million residents and home to the city of Raleigh. In 2017, he was elevated to the chief information and innovation officer position. All told, he has spent more than 20 years in the service of local government.

During his tenure, Greeves developed the county Innovation Office, as well as projects like a performance management program and the county’s “transparency portal,” which offers insights into data sets, performance metrics, financial information and more.

“Over the past several years we’ve created a very comprehensive and proactive information security program, and we are currently building out our Data Analytics Center of Excellence,” said Greeves. 

In the last year, the county transitioned some 4,500 employees to remote-work settings as part of the county’s COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, next month Wake County will launch a new website. Wake County consistently places in the top 10 in the Center for Digital Government's* Digital Counties survey.   

“I have greatly enjoyed my time at Wake County but I am also looking forward to a new and exciting future with SAP,” said Greeves. 

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Sacramento.