Network Security, Threat Management

White House names former Facebook exec as first IT director

The White House has nabbed former Facebook executive David Recordon to serve as the first-ever director of White House information technology.

Recordon was part of the U.S. Digital Service created last year by President Obama to bring together gifted technologists from the private sector to improve government's use of technology, upgrade the country's technology infrastructure and improve access to its websites. Recordon previously served as engineering director for Facebook where he led a team of software engineers responsible for ensuring internal productivity.

In his new role, he is charged with ensuring that the technology used by the White House "is efficient, effective, and secure," according to a White House blog penned by Deputy Chief of Staff for Operation Anita Breckenridge. 

Obama called Recordon's "ability to deploy the latest collaborative and communication technologies" and his private sector experience "a great asset."

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