STATE PROFILES | Maine
Jim SmithChief Information Officer
Department of Administrative and Financial Services
Year Appointed: 2012
BiographyJim Smith is the Chief Information Officer for Maine State Government, working within the Department of Administrative and Financial Service, Office of Information Technology since January of 2012. He directs and oversees all Information Technology policymaking, planning, architecture, strategy, and standardization throughout the state. He provides central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology on a statewide basis, and risk assessment on disaster and business recovery, and cyber security. At the State of Maine, Jim is championing two major initiatives -- Agile methodology, to improve project delivery and success, and Business Process Management (BPM) to improve transparency, efficiency, and reusability for business processes.
Jim has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, and he has held senior IT leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Sun Life Financial, and Unum Corporation. His background spans multiple aspects of IT, including development, operations, workforce planning, vendor management, strategy, and innovation. Jim has significant international experience, having overseen multiple projects in India, the Philippines, and England, and he has developed two technology operations in Ireland.
Jim has a particular interest in workforce planning and in helping to develop and mentor the next generation of IT resources. At Unum, he created the ‘Tech Night’, where to date over 500 high schools students have learned about information technology careers.
IT Procurement Responsibility:
State Procurement Office