Teri Takai, DoD Chief Information Officer since 2010, will leave in May. (Mike Morones)
Defense Department CIO Teri Takai is set to step down in the coming days, according to Pentagon officials.
“Ms. Takai submitted her resignation to Secretary Chuck Hagel, to take effect May 3,” said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, DOD spokesman. “At this time, a replacement has not been named.”
Takai has served as DOD CIO since November 2010; for a period, she was dual-hatted as CIO and as assistant secretary of defense (networks and information integration). That position was formally done away with in 2012 during a Pentagon reorganization, making the CIO role no longer a Senate-confirmed post.
Prior to coming to Washington, Takai served as state CIO of California, and, before that, of Michigan. She also worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years before turning to government.
In her time heading up DOD IT policy, Takai implemented defense enterprise e-mail – to which the Army has fully transitioned, and the Air Force has partially migrated – and has helped to lead the Pentagon’s Joint Information Environment strategy. She’s also overseen numerous DOD IT consolidation and modernization efforts, including the shuttering of dozens of Pentagon-owned data centers.
Takai’s announcement comes just a month after her deputy Rob Carey stepped down, and the same day that defense contractor CSC announced that Carey would serve as vice president and general manager of CSC Public Sector Cybersecurity.