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Teri Takai, CIO, California
When she signed on as CIO of California in December 2007, Teri Takai shouldered not only a huge responsibility, but some might say a big mess. The state had some 10,000 IT workers, including 144 CIOs in departments and agencies, and 111 in-progress IT projects with a sticker price exceeding $6 billion.
Takai was recruited by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from Michigan, where, as that state's CIO, she created a centralized IT department to support 19 state agencies. Her private sector experience includes Ford Motor, EDS, and Federal-Mogul Corp.
Takai is California's first state-wide CIO and a member of the governor's cabinet. The job entails advising Schwarzenegger on the strategic direction of the state's IT resources, as part of California's broader modernization and transformation initiatives. Her official Web site, CIO.ca.gov, includes a strategic plan and project tracking feature that lists major IT projects by cost and score card rating.