Google Executive Named As America’s Next Chief Technology Officer

CBS San Francisco

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS SF) — A Google executive who led the company’s top secret research division has been tapped to become the next U.S. chief technology officer, responsible for the country’s technology policy and initiatives.

The White House announced Thursday that Megan Smith, a vice president in the Google X research lab, would assume the role of America’s CTO replacing Todd Park. Park announced last week he was stepping down to take on a new role as White House emissary to recruit tech talent into government jobs.

The announcement confirmed a number of rumors that Smith was being considered for the job. Smith will also gain a new deputy CTO, Twitter’s former general counsel Alexander Macgillivray and another Google alum.

“Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment,” President Obama said in a statement. “I am confident that in…

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