Governor Pat McCrory appointed Chris Estes as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January 2013.
Estes enters state government with extensive management and IT experience in the private sector. He most recently served as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm where he helped some of the largest companies digitize their customer experience. He previously served as Business Development Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining IBM after its acquisition of the company in 2004.
Estes is a proven business and technology change agent with management consulting experience in financial services, high-tech, and manufacturing industries for leading brands across strategy, design, transition and operation stages. His mission is to continue trusted advisor relationships by solving complex business issues traversing people, process, and technology to improve customer experience in person, phone, web, and social media channels.
He attended Yale University’s Strategic Leadership Program and holds a B.A. in Communications from Mercer University.
Aaron Wienshienk leads the planning, strategy and development of the Enterprise Architecture that starts with improving the business case and requirements definition processes in partnership with agency CIOs. He was recently a Partner at Accenture, where he collaborated with client CIOs and leadership teams to plan, develop and implement solutions that optimized technology portfolios to reduce complexity and improve service. Prior to Accenture, Wienshienk was a Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CIO for the State of Kansas Department of Labor, where he developed the agency’s five-year technology strategy in unison with the Agency CIO.
This IT Executive leads the strategy and development of simple and more agile Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs), working with agency CIOs. The goal is to reduce the variations of SDLCs for projects currently under way with a total cost of about $1.6 billion. The outcome will drive standardization, reduce duplication and provide consistent SDLCs. Aaron Wienshienk is currently the acting Build IT Executive.
Krissy Culler works closely with Cabinet CIOs as the IT executive for Operate to establish consistency and standards across IT service functions. She was most recently a division director for Navy Cyber Forces, where she led cross-functional, collaborative efforts around enhancing data flow, developing IT strategies, and ensuring IT throughput requirements. Her prior responsibilities include consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton and serving in the U.S. Navy, where she was the third woman to fly the Navy’s F-14 Tomcat and was awarded an Air Medal for combat flights. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.
Jeff King leads the Shared Services products and operations. He was the Director of World Wide Operations at Cisco Systems, where he led the operations team supporting World Wide Datacenter business. His prior responsibilities include Vice President, Commercial IT Operations for GlaxoSmithKline, where he led a staff of 350 IT professionals. He also served as a Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse, where he developed service offerings around process reengineering and process improvement.