STATE PROFILES | Delaware
James SillsSecretary and Chief Information Officer
Department of Technology and Information
Year Appointed: 2009
BiographyJames H. Sills, III has over 28 years of Banking and Technology Management experience. His background includes a unique combination of executive experience within large-scale banking operations, community banks, and government organizations.
Mr. Sills was appointed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell as the Secretary and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Delaware, Department of Technology and Information in January 2009.
Mr. Sills is responsible for providing strategic direction and management for the Executive Branch information and communications technology operations. Prior to his appointment, he was the Founder and President of i9Direct, an employee eligibility firm based in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to starting his own company in 2007, Mr. Sills was an Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank (now Bank of America), the largest credit card institution in the world. In this capacity, he served as the Director of Corporate Technology Solutions for the $80 billion US Card Division.
Prior to relocating to Wilmington, Delaware in June of 2001, Mr. Sills served as the President and CEO of MemphisFirst Community Bank (now Landmark Bank) in Memphis, TN. Mr. Sills also served as the Chief Operating Officer for First Tuskegee Bank in Montgomery, AL.
Mr. Sills received a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin School Of Banking.
CIO Statute: DE Code Title 29 Section 9007C
Awards: 2010 Best of the Web Award - #1 Cyber Security Website in Nation