Google's Megan Smith Is Your New US Chief Technology Officer

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The new Chief Technology Officer of the United States is a Googler.

The White House has announced that Megan Smith, vice president at Google X, will be your next CTO. Smith co-founded Google's Solve for X and as VP of Google X, helped to oversee some of Google's most ambitious projects. She also served as Google's VP of Business Development for nine years. Before joining Google, Smith was the CEO of PlanetOut, an LGBT-targeted media company.

Also announced – a new deputy CTO, Alexander Macgillivray. Macgillivray is a former lawyer for Twitter.

"Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment. I am confident that in her new role as America's Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for her commitment to serve, and I look forward to working with her and with our new Deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, in the weeks and months ahead," said President Obama in a statement, per The Washington Post.

"As U.S. CTO, Smith will guide the Administration's information-technology policy and initiatives, continuing the work of her predecessors to accelerate attainment of the benefits of advanced information and communications technologies across every sector of the economy and aspect of human well-being," said presidential science advisor John Holdren.

Smith will replace outgoing CTO Todd Park, the second CTO of the United States. Park succeeded the first-ever US CTO Aneesh Chopra in 2012.

"I thank Todd for his service as my Chief Technology Officer, and look forward to his continuing to help us deploy the best people and ideas from the tech community in service of the American people," said President Obama of Park's decision to return to his roots in Silicon Valley.

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