Shawn Riley, North Dakota’s chief data officer of six years, is resigning to hitch the cryptocurrency-mining firm Bitzero Worldwide as its new CEO of American operations, Gov. Doug Burgum introduced Wednesday.
“Shaun embodies the time period ’transformational chief,’ and the constructive impacts of his management on innovation, expertise, and cybersecurity will likely be felt in North Dakota Info Know-how and throughout our state for years to return,” Burgum mentioned in a press release. “We’re deeply grateful for his service to the state of North Dakota.”
Deputy CIO Greg Hoffman will function North Dakota’s interim CIO and lead the North Dakota Info Know-how division whereas the state searches for Riley’s alternative, based on the discharge. Riley’s resignation is efficient Dec. 2.
Riley was appointed CIO in 2017 and had beforehand served as part head of knowledge expertise on the Mayo Clinic, and CIO and chief expertise officer inside the Mayo Clinic Well being System.
Throughout Riley’s tenure, North Dakota turned the primary state to authorize a shared-service method to cybersecurity throughout state authorities, working a community that now has greater than 250,000 every day customers throughout 400 public entities. North Dakota was additionally the founding member of the Joint Cybersecurity Operations Command Heart.
Riley will be a part of Bitzero Worldwide, a cryptocurrency-mining firm that’s changing a former anti-ballistic missile web site in northeastern North Dakota right into a cryptocurrency mining middle. Bitzero, which is partially backed by “Shark Tank” co-host Kevin O’Leary, has additionally mentioned it intends to change into an meeting and distribution hub for graphene battery expertise.