Ex-VITA executive takes job with state telecom provider | Government and politics

The former COO of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has taken on a new role as a director of a private company that provides services to state government agencies, including more than 60 in Virginia’s executive branch .

Jon Ozovek, who resigned in February after Governor Glenn Youngkin replaced the VITA chief executive, will become chief transformation officer of Iron Bow Technologies, one of eight companies that provide telecommunications services to agencies. the state executive arm as part of Virginia’s multi-vendor approach to IT support.

Ozovek said on Monday he would not manage the VITA account at Iron Bow, which signed a $340 million deal with Virginia in 2018 to provide “end-user services” – such as desktops and computers wearables — to agencies during the state’s transition from a 13-year, $2.4 billion contract with Northrop Grumman Corp.

“I would work with different states, counties, cities and state and local entities,” he said in an email message. “I saw quite a few gaps in the public sector experience that I think I can fill for these critical governments.”

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Ozovek, hired as chief operating officer at VITA in 2019 to guide its transition from a source-source system to a multi-vendor system, left the IT agency shortly after Youngkin replaced the chief operating officer. Nelson Moe information by Phil Wittmer. Wittmer, a former Kansas state government IT director, left after less than a month on the job.

Demetrias Rodgers, who had been Ozovek’s deputy, served as interim chief operating officer for three months before stepping down last month for a job in the private computer industry.

Herndon-based Iron Bow said Monday that Ozovek will lead work on new IT services and solutions, cybersecurity and resilience to cyberattacks for state and local governments and educational institutions.

“Jonathan’s vast wealth of knowledge and experience in state and local government as well as private industry will be a game-changer for Iron Bow’s strategy and offerings,” said President and CEO Rene. LaVigne, in the ad. “We are delighted to have him in our team.”

In the announcement, Ozovek said, “I’m very excited to be on board Iron Bow and look forward to driving technology transformation on a national scale, where we can work with my former peers on a national level. and local to get the most out of their technology investments, dramatically improving citizens’ experience with government and accelerating business results through technology.”

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