Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:30

Ex-White House tech leader Cochran joins Acquia

Tom Cochran, Acquia chief digital strategist Tom Cochran, Acquia chief digital strategist

US-based global provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions, Acquia, has appointed former White House and US State Department technology leader, Tom Cochran, as vice-president and chief digital strategist for the public sector.

Cochran was most recently a deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of State, where he was responsible for the online and offline platforms for US public diplomacy, focusing on data-driven decisions and international audience engagement.

Prior to his role in the US State Departmernt, Cochran was the director of digital technology at the White House, where he worked on the President's Open Government Directive, leading the team that was responsible for providing a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties.

His team was responsible for leading the delivery of the “We the People” online petitioning site that connects people directly with the executive branch of government.

Cochran has also held leadership roles in the private sector, most, recently as the chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive and National Journal.

"In my work at the White House and the State Department, I have witnessed the positive impact of open source in government first-hand,” Cochran said.

“The opening of government services has made incredible progress in the last eight years, and my focus at Acquia is to help governments at the federal, state, local, as well as international level, to leverage Acquia’s open digital platform.

“We want agencies to meet their mission, improve efficiencies, and enhance the citizen experience. Given the company's history of working with customers ranging from the City of Boston to the Government of Australia, we have a remarkable story of innovation and leadership driving the open government movement.”

Tom Erickson, Acquia chief executive, says Acquia’s public sector work has been a “hallmark of its success throughout its nine-year history”.

“Government leads the way with open source and the cloud to transform how citizens engage with institutions from the state to the national level.

“Adding Tom Cochran to our public sector team will provide incredible insight and experience to our fast growing and robust public sector business. We are proud to welcome an executive of Tom’s calibre to the team and have him lead the charge to continue making government and citizen services more open and accessible to all.”


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