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CHIPS Articles: Army gets new Chief Information Officer, installs New Chief Data Officer

Army gets new Chief Information Officer, installs New Chief Data Officer
By Office of the Chief Information Officer - November 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Army’s Civilian Senior Leader Management Office announced Friday, Nov. 13, that Raj Iyer will take over as the new Chief Information Officer for IT reform.

In his new role as CIO, Iyer will serve as principal advisor to the secretary of the Army, setting the strategic direction and objectives for information technology and information management. Iyer will direct the execution of policies and programs for IT and information management areas, including integrated IT architecture, enterprise data management, cybersecurity, and cloud management.

Iyer is stepping into his new position following the realignment of the Army CIO and G-6 into two separate offices in August.

He takes over the role from Greg Garcia, who served as the Army’s acting Chief Information Officer while serving as the Deputy CIO and previous Army Chief Data Officer. In October, the Army announced David M. Markowitz as the new Chief Data Officer and Analytics Officer. Garcia continues to serve as the deputy chief information officer.

“Dr. Iyer’s federal executive experience shows that he is passionate about public service and serving the warfighter and the taxpayer, and is absolutely committed to our people first vision as his #1 priority.” Garcia said. “As a visionary leader, he’s demonstrated a rare talent for effectively building consensus that will serve him well in his new position as he oversees the capital planning and execution of an over $10 billion portfolio.”

Previously, Iyer was employed at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he served as a senior manager from 2015 to 2018, then as managing director from 2018 to 2020. During his time at Deloitte, he served as Lead Engagement Partner for the Army Human Resources Command at Ft. Knox, Technology Leader for the Huntsville market, and Market Leader for the Army Materiel Command.

Over the course of his career, Iyer has supported a range of defense and commercial clients on a number of complex enterprise transformation challenges including IT strategy, IT innovation and IT modernization.

He has established new organizations, including the first office of the chief technology officer in the Army Materiel Command, cofounded a successful technology startup, and led recovery programs such as Healthcare.gov. He also holds a patent and has published dozens of peer reviewed papers.

Iyer holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington along with multiple master’s degrees, including a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.

New Army Chief Data Officer

The Army also announced that David M. Markowitz has assumed the role of Chief Data Officer and Analytics Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer beginning in October.

As CDO/CAO, Markowitz acts as the principal advisor to the CIO and other Army senior leaders on data and data analytics strategy. He steps into his new position following the realignment of the Army CIO and G-6 into two separate offices in September. He takes over the role from Greg Garcia, deputy chief information officer of the Army.

"Dr. Markowitz brings just the sort of knowledge and talents and leadership qualities this team needs to ensure digital overmatch on the battlefield of the information age,” Garcia said. “He already has the sort of career and resume you could only dream of. He has changed our great Army before, and we are looking forward to the changes he will bring to our Army again in his new role within the office of the CIO.”

Previously, Markowitz’s served from 2016 to 2020 as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, where he was responsible for Army programs, business mission area data, Army studies management, and the Center for Army Analysis.

In that capacity, he served as the principal advisor to the G-8 on key issues that included formulating plans and programs, acquiring resources, developing communication networks, executing operations, and evaluating results.

Markowitz also served as the Army’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 from 2012 to 2016. During that time his principal duties included formulating and executing Army-wide operational policy, and providing strategic direction on Army strategy and plans, force management and operations.

Prior to joining Headquarters, Department of the Army staff, Markowitz served in positions with Department of State Political-Military Bureau's Office of Weapons Proliferation, the Army Research, Development and Engineering Center, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

A Massachusetts native, Markowitz is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. He also holds a doctorate in operations research from MIT.

Dr. Raj Iyer, Chief Information Officer, G-6, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 17, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt/Released) (William Pratt)
David M. Markowitz assumed the role of Army Chief Data Officer and Analytics Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer in October
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