Google in the House
The White House just announced that it has appointed Google executive Megan Smith to the position of U.S. chief technology officer (CTO). Smith has been working for the tech giant for more than a decade and is the vice president for Google X, which works on the latest, most secretive of Google’s technological developments, known as “moonshot” projects.
Now, her secrets will be kept in the White House.
Smith’s deputy chief technology officer is set to be another former Google employee — but on the public policy and law side — Alex Macgillivray.
The U.S. CTO is a new position launched by President Obama when he began in office, so the role is still being molded by those who assume the title. The only other CTOs were health information expert Todd Park, who worked on healthcare.gov during his time as CTO, and the position's first officer, Aneesh Chopra, a politicians with a background in health. Smith will be the first CTO coming from a tech and business background.
Other than her influential role at Google and new nomination, Smith is known as the former CEO of PlanetOut, a popular LGBT online community, and has worked for Apple Japan.