Oklahoma CIO tapped to lead Oregon IT work​

Following a months-long search, in consultation with Governor Kitzhaber, Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan on Dec. 4 announced the selection of Alex Pettit as Oregon’s Chief Information Officer, effective Jan. 6, 2014. In accordance with HB 3258, Pettit will serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

As Oregon works to establish a new IT governance structure and enterprise architecture, Pettit will work in collaboration with the Governor, the COO’s office and the Enterprise Leadership Team to align investments and strategies with business processes identified by state leaders. In addition, he will lead cross-agency collaboration and serve as the central point for legislative coordination and reporting.

Pettit comes to Oregon from Oklahoma where he served as the state’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to that, he oversaw the planning, coordination and execution of a disaster recovery plan for Brown University, and coordinated the renovation of the university’s sole data center. For more than two decades, Pettit worked in both public and private capacities with management roles in: continuity of operations planning; crisis leadership; IT operations, support and system design and civil defense planning.

“In our increasingly connected world, few things are possible without efficient, reliable and supportive technology,” Jordan said. “Alex’s experience and skills will help us develop a new structure for assessing technology needs, aligning resources and support and ensuring the successful implementation of IT projects.”