FI $ Cal appoints 3 IT directors to key leadership positions

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The California Financial Reporting System, the state affairs office, held three IT management positions.

Toquyen Necklace

FI $ Cal has a new Chief Information Officer (CIO), a new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a new Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Appointments conclude a multi-month recruiting process, and fulfilling these key roles has been a top priority for the Director. Miriam Barcellona Ingenito, as she explained in a Technical wire Members’ briefing in October.

The department took a “milestone” this year, with the inclusion of nearly all of the 150 state agencies in FI $ Cal’s centralized accounting, budgeting, cash management and procurement system. FI $ Cal, the nation’s largest state-owned financial management system, has three divisions: back office, business operations and solutions, and information technology.

The new frameworks are:

  • Toquyen Necklace, who will be the new CIO as of January 3. Collier most recently served as the Director of Technology for the Department of Health Services (DHCS), a position she held for just over three years. Collier has 22 years of state government experience in various IT roles with the California Victims Compensation Board, the California State Equalization Board, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Motor Vehicles and what is it now Mental Health Services Division of DHCS.
    Collier holds a BS in Management Information Systems from California State University at Sacramento and is a Certified Project Management Professional. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and going to the ocean with her family.
  • Ken ketsdever, who started on December 1 as an Information Security Officer, overseeing the Information Security Office of FI $ Cal. Ketsdever has over 25 years of IT experience, 15 of which have held various positions in state government. He most recently held the position of CIO and Information Security Officer for the California Department of Aging. “Their first priorities are to support our dedicated team at the Office of Corporate Security Services and the important work they do,” said FI $ Cal. Technical wire in a statement, “while aligning the department’s security initiatives and goals with California’s recently announced cybersecurity roadmap.”
    Ketsdever is a Marine Corps veteran and graduated in International Relations from San Francisco State University. He enjoys working on classic cars and speaks Japanese. Ken has bungy jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, bike races, competed in dozens of races including the Los Angeles Marathon, and competed in triathlons at United States, Guam, Saipan and Japan.
    “I am delighted to include Toquyen and Ken in my amazing FI $ Cal team,” said Barcellona Ingenito Technical wire. “They bring with them, combined, over 35 years of experience in information technology to the state, and I look forward to the new ideas and perspectives they will bring to our department and to the FI $ system. Cal. “
  • Jennifer maguire, who is promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer of FI $ Cal after serving nine years as Deputy Director of the Administrative Services Division. “She led the administrative transition of FI $ Cal from a project to a department, which included the development of all FI $ Cal policies and procedures,” the statement said. “She also created the department’s accounting workshop from whole fabric and recently implemented the department’s telecommuting program.”
    Maguire has over 25 years of state service, occupying positions of increasing responsibility and complexity in several state departments, including the General Service Department and the Department of Justice.
    “Jennifer has often been recognized for her ability to conduct investigations as well as advocate,” said Barcellona Ingenito. “She is a truly committed leader at all levels of the organization.”

Collier succeeds FI $ Cal’s first CIO, award-winning Subbarao Mupparaju, who led the IT division for six years before spending this summer as CIO at California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Ketsdever, the new CISO, succeeds Gerard Laygui, who was appointed head of the cyber operations branch for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in September.

And Maguire, the new deputy chief executive, succeeds Neeraj Chauhan, who held the post from June 2015 to October, who last month became deputy chief information officer for the University of California at Davis.

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