The Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics announced April 1 via Twitter that Ken Pfeil, a longtime industry executive, will serve as the state’s new chief data officer (CDO).


Pfeil spent 20-plus years serving as a security expert for a series of financial services firms – most recently as vice president and managing director of data governance for OneMain Financial. Before that, Pfeil served as a chief information security officer for several other financial-services firms. According to his LinkedIn profile, the Virginia state CDO role is Pfeil’s first in government.


Pfeil started the new job on April 1, and “will work to serve the Commonwealth in a tremendous way as we continue to move toward data-driven policy, evidence-based decision making, and outcome-based performance management,” the agency said via Twitter.


Pfeil is the latest of several technology-focused hires made by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who took office in January.

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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk State and Local Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.