Financial sector veterinarian named Virginia data officer

Written by Benjamin Freed

Virginia officials announced Friday that Ken Pfeil, a longtime chief data security officer for a range of financial services firms, will serve as the Commonwealth’s new chief data officer.

Pfeil, who most recently worked as vice president and general manager of data governance for OneMain Financial, a personal lending company, will fill a position vacated last year by Carlos Rivero.

Ken Pfeil (LinkedIn)

In a tweetthe Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics, the agency Pfeil now heads, said he had been tasked with moving the Commonwealth “towards data-driven policy, evidence-based decision-making and management results-based performance.

Prior to OneMain Financial, Pfeil served as chief information security officer for several other financial services companies, including five years Pioneer Global Management Assets, a multinational group with assets under management totaling nearly €250 billion. before being taken over by a competitor. Pfeil also worked for five years as CISO of TechDemocracy, an identity security services provider.

The chief data officer role will be Pfeil’s first in government, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Rivero, a former chief data officer for the Federal Transit Administration, was appointed in 2018 by the then governor. Ralph Northam as Virginia’s inaugural CDO, and spent his three years with the Commonwealth overseeing projects like developing tools that tracked opioid incidents, which were later adapted to monitor outbreaks of COVID- 19. Rivero is now vice president of IT management company GCOM.

Pfeil is the latest of several technology-focused hires made by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who took office in January. Since taking office, Youngkin has also named Lyn McDermid as secretary of administration, a sprawling role that includes overseeing the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and Eric Moeller, a former McKinsey partner, as new director. of processing. The position of chief information officer is currently vacant, after Youngkin’s original choice of former Kansas CIO Phil Wittmer stepped down after less than a month.

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