Nand Mulchandani, an Indian-origin guy who attended a Delhi school, has been named the first Chief Technology Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Director William J Burns announced the coveted position in a blog post that was also posted on social media.
Mr. Mulchandani has over 25 years of experience working in Silicon Valley and the Department of Defense, according to the CIA (DoD). Mr Mulchandani “brings extensive private sector, startup, and government expertise to CIA,” according to the statement.
“Since my confirmation, I have prioritized concentrating on technology, and the new CTO job is a very essential component of that endeavor,” Mr. Burns said in a statement. I’m thrilled Nand has joined our team, and I’m confident he’ll contribute a wealth of knowledge to this critical new position.”
Mr. Mulchandani will guarantee that the Agency is using cutting-edge technology in his role as CTO, according to the release. Mr Mulchandani’s priority as CTO will also include “viewing the horizon for tomorrow’s technologies to improve the CIA’s mission.”
Mr. Mulchandani earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard after earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Cornell. Before joining the CIA, Mr. Mulchandani was the CTO and Acting Director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
He co-founded and led several successful companies, including Oblix (bought by Oracle), Determine (purchased by VMWare), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Cisco) (acquired by Citrix).