Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has tapped Christine Sakuda to serve as the state’s new chief information officer (CIO) overseeing the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), effective Aug. 5.

Prior to joining state government, Sakuda spent the last seven years serving as the executive director of Transform Hawai‘i Government (THG), a nonprofit organization established to catalyze the transformation of digital government services through people, process, and technology.

“I’m humbled by Gov. Josh Green’s appointment to serve as the state’s chief information officer (CIO), responsible for overseeing state IT governance and strategy through the Office of Enterprise Technology Services,” Sakuda said in a post on LinkedIn.

“Having served as the executive director of Transform Hawaii Government (THG) for the last seven years advocating for government modernization, I’m excited to bring that experience to create change inside state government. I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the role as the state’s first female CIO and of Native Hawaiian ancestry,” she added.

Sakuda replaces Doug Murdock who retired in May of this year. Murdock served as CIO since 2019. Currently, Tom Ku is serving as acting CIO until Sakuda takes office later this summer. Prior to becoming acting CIO, Ku served as IT services operations officer at ETS.

Sakuda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University and later received her MBA from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa College of Business Administration.

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