Apr 18 2017

Former DOD CIO Halvorsen Joins Samsung

The Pentagon's former IT chief will serve as a top adviser on enterprise mobility and help the electronics firm potentially win government contracts.

Former Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen has a new job — he’s a Samsung man now.

Last week, the South Korean electronics giant announced that Halvorsen, who left the government in February, will serve as an executive vice president, and he will advise JK Shin, president and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications at Samsung. Halvorsen will focus on helping Samsung grow its global enterprise mobility business, potentially with government agencies.

Samsung said Halvorsen “will advise customers and partners on how to implement effective mobile enterprise strategies within their mobile workforce and help further propel corporate government and regulatory business” for Samsung’s global enterprise mobility unit.

“Mr. Halvorsen’s vast experience and technical knowledge around cyber security in the global defense industry will complement our strategy to ensure we meet the complex needs of businesses, end users and partners by providing increased productivity without sacrificing security.,” Shin said in a statement.

As FCW notes: “Halvorsen served from two years as DOD CIO and was also CIO of the Department of the Navy and a leader in other Navy IT sections, specializing in network management and cybersecurity.”

Halvorsen focused his time at the DOD on moving the Pentagon to Microsoft’s Windows 10 as well as consolidating data centers, an area in which he feels he could have done more, FedScoop reports