Greg Italiano has been appointed as the Western Australia government chief information officer (GCIO) by Minister of Innovation and ICT Dave Kelly, and will commence his role in December.
This follows from the WA government earlier this year announcing that the GCIO function would transfer to the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The government said this change would provide a stronger mandate for the government's digital transformation agenda.
Italiano will be entrusted to improve cybersecurity across the WA government, and lead WA's digital reform agenda. The digital reform agenda will focus on improving delivery of online services; developing a data protection policy and strategy; building data analytics capabilities; supporting the implementation of information technology procurement reforms; and investigating strategies to reduce digital divides and digital disadvantages.
Before his appointment, Italiano was executive director of corporate services in the Department of Justice, where he oversaw its digital transformation.
Italiano replaces Giles Nunis, who left the GCIO role in March for a position in the private sector.
"Italiano has a proven track record as a collaborative leader, and demonstrated experience bringing strategy, technology, and efficiency together," Kelly said.
"The McGowan government is committed to efficiently and securely delivering world-class services, and a public sector enabled by technology is fundamental to that vision."
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