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In a first, CIA appoints Indian-origin techie as Chief Technology Officer

May 2, 2022

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has appointed Nand Mulchandani, an Indian-origin man as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer.

The announcement for the coveted position was made by Director William J Burns in a blog post and also shared on social media.

As per the statement by the CIA, Mulchandani has over 25 years of experience working in Silicon Valley as well as in the Department of Defense (DoD). It added that Mulchandani “brings substantial private sector, startup, and government expertise to CIA”.

, “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized focusing on technology and the new CTO position is a very important part of that effort. I am delighted Nand has joined our team and will bring his extensive experience to this crucial new role,” Burns said

In his role as the CTO, Mulchandani will ensure that the Agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations, the statement said. Additionally, “scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further the CIA’s mission” will also be on Mulchandani’s agenda as the CTO.

Following a degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, Mulchandani pursued a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford as well as a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard. Before his new role at the CIA,  Mulchandani served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

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