Colorado Taps Theresa Szcurek As New CIO And Head Of Office Of Information Technologybr>
Theresa Szczurek has been nominated to serve as Colorado’s new chief information officer and executive director of its Office of Information Technology.
Szczurek, founder of Radish Systems, an enterprise software firm that develops chatbots and other live-assistance platforms, will succeed Suma Nallapati, who stepped down Monday at the end of former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s term. New Colorado Gov. Jared Polis nominated Szcurek.
“Given the breadth and depth of Theresa’s IT experience and her entrepreneurial spirit, I am confident that she will continue to transform the technology landscape in Colorado,” said Polis.
Szczurek founded Radish Systems in 2009, and served as its chief executive until accepting the CIO position. Before that, she operated a management consulting firm and served as commissioner of the Colorado Information Management Commission, a forerunner of the Office of Information Technology.
“My goal is to establish Colorado as a national hub for blockchain innovation in business and government,” Polis said on his campaign’s website. “I believe strong leadership will put Colorado at the forefront of innovation in this sector – encouraging companies to flock to the state and establishing government applications that save taxpayers money and create value for Colorado residents.”
Polis, a Democrat and former member of Congress, built a $300 million fortune after founding and selling multiple e-commerce websites, including ProFlowers, which was bought in 2005 for $477 million. During his campaign for governor, his platform included proposals to incorporate blockchain into multiple state-government functions.
Szczurek holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Western Illinois University, master’s degrees from Stanford University and the University of Colorado Denver, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.