The General Services Administration announced Dec. 7 that the Technology Transformation Service would soon have a new director, after four months with only acting leadership at TTS.

Anil Cheriyan, a former chief information officer at Sun Trust Bank, will take up the TTS director and Federal Acquisition Service deputy commissioner positions that were vacated by the departure of Joanne Collins Smee in late August of this year.

“I am honored to be a part of the president’s agenda to fundamentally transform and modernize the federal government’s technology,” Cheriyan said in a news release. “It comes as no surprise this work has bipartisan support and is highly valued across the government. I am confident we will make tremendous progress in the years to come and look forward to leading the TTS team and serving the public in this important role.”

In his new roles at GSA, Cheriyan will be responsible for overseeing the 18F digital services team, the Office of Products and Programs and Presidential Innovation Fellows initiatives. He will also be responsible for the ongoing progress of the Centers of Excellence program, which has been deployed to two agencies thus far.

“Anil has a proven track record of results in the private sector and we are excited to welcome him to public service,” said Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the president, in the news release. “GSA’s Centers of Excellence remain a signature initiative to deliver a more efficient, effective and responsive government for all Americans. Towards that end, Anil joins a strong and growing bipartisan team of exceptional talent, focused on delivering results for the American people.”

“I am pleased that Anil will join GSA and help continue to strengthen the agency’s IT modernization initiatives,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “His previous success transforming how businesses leverage technology to better serve customers will be a major asset in helping the federal government improve its service to the American people.”

Cheriyan will begin work at GSA in early January, according to the news release.