Welcome to the Office of Information Technology Services


Chris Estes

State Chief Information Officer

Chris Estes


Governor Pat McCrory appointed Chris Estes as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January of 2013. As a member of the governor’s cabinet, he provides oversight of information technology projects, manages IT services for state agencies, local governments, and schools.

Chris led a collaborative effort by state leaders to establish the Innovation Center (iCenter), a working lab where state employees, students and industry work together in a "try before you buy" approach to testing information technology systems. The iCenter was recognized as a "Bright Idea" in government by the Ash Center at Harvard University in 2015.

Chris currently serves an Executive Committee Director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). He also chairs NASCIO’s National Innovation Community, a coalition of more than 40 states that share strategies for bringing innovation to government technology.

Prior to becoming State CIO, Chris spent over twenty-five years in the high-tech, manufacturing and financial services industries for leading brands PwC, BearingPoint, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2014, Chris received a StateScoop State Leadership Award and a Triangle Business Journal CIO of the Year Award.


Kristen (Krissy) Culler

Chief Administrative Officer / Chief Financial Officer, Deputy State CIO

Kristen Culler


Krissy oversees the Administration & Finance Division (AFD), which focuses on the day-to-day business of running OITS, including Finance, core IT functions, and administrative activities. 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.


Randy Barnes

Chief Services Officer, Deputy State CIO

Randy Barnes


Randy leads the Shared Services Division (SSD), which focuses on the delivery of platforms and services to state agencies. Before joining OITS, she served several years as Chief Information Officer for the N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Department of Revenue.




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