New CIO checks in at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress — the oldest federal cultural institution in the US — has promoted a veteran of the research institution to CIO. Judith Conklin, formerly the library’s deputy CIO, succeeds Bernard Barton, who retired after working for six years as the CIO. John Rutledge takes over as the deputy CIO.

Conklin is now responsible for continuing a massive IT turnaround and supporting its strategy to digitize its assets. She will also set the library’s IT strategy and oversee its data centers and cloud services. She will report to Carla Hayden, who as the librarian of Congress is the agency’s top official. She will also serve as the primary adviser to the Librarian of Congress on all technology matters and as a voting member on the Library’s Executive Committee.

Conklin joined the library in 1997 and has served as deputy CIO since 2015. With Bernard A. Barton, Jr., Conklin led the centralization of Library technology activities under the Office of the CIO; fostered the creation of an agency-wide digital strategy; and marshalled efforts to optimize and modernize the Library’s IT infrastructure and critical IT business systems. Under their direction, the Library successfully completed over 350 recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office and the Library’s Office of the Inspector General to improve Library technology management, as well as IT delivery and security.

Leveraging more than 24 years of experience at the library and a background in network engineering, IT security and telecommunications, Conklin brings an understanding of the agency and its technical needs to the role. A cybersecurity expert, Conklin has been recognized by Federal Computer Week as one of the nation’s top federal IT professionals for her work strengthening the Library’s IT security posture. As the first agency-wide authorizing official, Conklin served as the final decision-maker on security for all Library IT systems. She began her career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a major, and has served as a technical consultant specializing in network engineering, information security and telecommunications with AT&T, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Raytheon.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Learning Care Group, Inc. has appointed Abe Hong as Executive Vice President and CTO. He will lead all aspects of Learning Care Group’s technology strategy and its information technology (IT) function and capabilities, overseeing technical infrastructure, business applications, technology integration and digital initiatives as the company furthers its leadership role among childcare providers through educational excellence and outstanding customer service. He will report to Learning Care Group CEO Mark Bierley. The second largest for-profit early education and childcare provider in North America, operating nearly 1,000 schools in 38 states, the District of Columbia and internationally.

HealthComp, the largest independent health benefits administrator in the country, has appointed Sanoj Balakrishnan as CTO. In this role, Balakrishnan will oversee the company’s overall technology strategy, ensuring that it will support the company’s objectives for growth and to serve a greater number of brokers and their mid- to large-sized employer groups across the country. “For the past 15 years, he’s led digital transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare and other industries. Through his tenure in healthcare, he’s leveraged technology to drive growth, increase member engagement, better manage rising costs, and foster a superior experience for health plan members.” said Jose Rivero, CEO of HealthComp.

Progress has appointed Ian Pitt as its CIO. With more than 30 years of information technology leadership experience, he will be responsible for driving the vision, strategy and operations of Progress’ global IT organization. He will also lead Progress’ ongoing efforts to safeguard its networks, infrastructure, business applications and products with best-in-class internal and customer-facing security practices. Pitt most recently worked as Senior Vice President and CIO at LogMeIN.where he was responsible for corporate IT, including acquisition integration, cybersecurity, governance, business applications and product operations.

Lionbridge has appointed Marcus Casal as CTO. He will drive technology strategy and be responsible for delivering cutting-edge solutions for Lionbridge customers and community. Casal joined Lionbridge in 2001 as a localization engineer and served in a number of key leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Product Management and Technology Strategy. Casal joined Amplexor in 2019 as SVP, Global Content Solutions Technology, where he developed the strategic roadmap for their Language Technology and Content Service platforms before returning to Lionbridge.


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Inovia Capital has appointed Steven Woods as CTO.

City of Burlington has appointed Chad MacDonald as CIO.

Four Hands has appointed Jim Anderson as CTO.

Hunterdon Healthcare has appointed Edmund Siy as CIO.

Tunstall has appointed Gary Steen as group CTO.

Upwork has appointed Saty Bahadur as CTO.

DriveWealth has appointed Harry Tamkin as CIO.

Zepp Health has appointed Meihui Fan as CTO.