Former financial services and technology executive, Rahul N. Merchant started today as the first NY chief information and innovation officer, who will oversee all IT operations for the city. He will report directly to Mayor Bloomberg and oversee information technology development spanning all agencies in the city.
In a press release cited on TechPresident, Bloomberg said, “Rahul is a seasoned executive who has proven himself time and again as a leader and an innovator in the industry. By bringing the City’s IT infrastructure and development under one office, we can ensure we are using best practices across agencies, leveraging the City’s enormous IT infrastructure to our maximum advantage and holding contractors accountable for delivering results.”
Prior to Merchant’s arrival, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications was responsible for maintaining many core IT projects in the city.