Former Aetna CIO Diane Wallace, who also served as VP of IT at CNA Financial, has been tapped by Connecticut Governor Jodie Rell to head the state's Department of Information Technology.
Wallace replaces Connecticut's first CIO, Rock Regan, a political associate of former Governor John Rowland, who was forced to resign last year amid a scandal. Rell, who was Rowland's lieutenant governor, asked a number of Cabinet officials, including Regan, to resign when she became governor. However, Rell requested that Regan stay on for several months as she looked for a new CIO.
Rell has high expectations for Wallace. "Technology is an increasingly important part of state operations, and I know that with Diane's talent and leadership, Connecticut's DOIT can be a national model in making government more accessible, user-friendly and efficient," Rell said in a statement.
A Boston native, Wallace holds a degree in education from Salem State College in Massachusetts. She joined Aetna after graduating in 1973 and rose to CIO before she left in 2000 to join CNA Financial.