Apr 20, 2009
President Obama has tapped Aneesh Chopra to be the nation's first-ever chief technology officer. If confirmed as expected by the Senate, Chopra, 37, now Virginia's top technology official, will be tasked with stimulating U.S. tech jobs as well as with using technology to reduce healthcare costs and improve national security.
Before becoming Virginia's tech secretary in 2005, Chopra served as managing director of the Advisory Board Company, a Washington, D.C. health care think tank serving nearly 2,500 hospitals and health systems. At the Advisory Board Company, he led the firm's Financial Leadership Council (established to sell finance strategy services to chief financial officers and finance departments at hospitals and health-care systems) and the Working Council for Health Plan Executives (which sells business strategy services to health-care plans and insurers). Chopra also helped launch of the firm's Compass business intelligence software. He graduated in 1997 with a Masters in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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