Chris Estes was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January 2013. As a member of the Governor’s executive team, he provides oversight of information technology projects and manages IT operations for state agencies. Chris and his leadership team are executing the state’s strategy to improve IT governance, increase government efficiency, and modernize North Carolina’s technology infrastructure.
Chris led a collaborative effort by state IT leaders to establish the Innovation Center in Raleigh, a lab where state employees, students and industry work together in a "try before you buy" approach to testing information technology systems. As an advocate for STEM education, he also works with our K-12 schools and universities to encourage students to pursue careers in technology.
Chris has over twenty-five years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing and financial services industries for leading brands PwC, IBM, BearingPoint, EMC, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a Principal in the Strategy, Technology, and Innovation practice. He attended Yale University’s Strategic Leadership program and earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.
CTO, DEPUTY SCIO
Aaron leads the Statewide IT Division (SID), which focuses on IT management across state agencies, including planning, architecture, procurement, the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO), requirements analysis, digital and mobile initiatives, government data analytics center (GDAC), and Centers of Expertise. He was recently a Partner at Accenture, where he collaborated with client CIOs and leadership teams to reduce complexity and improve service by planning, developing and implementing solutions that optimized technology portfolios. Prior to Accenture, Aaron was a Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CIO for the State of Kansas Department of Labor, where he worked with the CIO to develop the agency’s five-year technology strategy.
CAO/CFO, DEPUTY SCIO
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.
CSO, DEPUTY SCIO
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.