Monday, December 5 2022

Another former Virginia Information Technologies Agency executive has landed an executive position in the private computer industry.

Demetrias Rodgers, who served as interim chief information officer at VITA, will become chief technology officer at Planet Technologies for its work with state and local governments, educational institutions and business operations.

Rodgers stepped down this month as deputy chief executive, his job before taking over as acting chief operating officer after Jon Ozovek left the state IT agency in mid-February.

Ozovek, who resigned after Governor Glenn Youngkin replaced Nelson Moe as chief information officer, announced last week that he was becoming chief transformation officer at Reston-based Iron Bow Technologies.

The departure of VITA’s two chief operating officers comes as the agency transitions to new management under Robert “Bob” Osmond, a former chief technology officer at the Virginia Department of Transportation whom Youngkin named chief operating officer. information after his first choice, Phil Wittmer, left less than a month of work.

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Like Ozovek, Rodgers drew on his in-state experience to venture into the private computer industry in the greater Washington, DC area.

Rodgers had worked at VITA for six years, including two and a half years as assistant chief operating officer, and 10 years at Northrop Grumman Corp., which managed computer networks for executive agencies in Virginia under a contract that the state let it expire in 2018 after 12 years.

“With his exceptional ability to lead IT operations, we believe Demetrias will help guide Planet into its next chapter of growth and success,” said Steve Winters, executive vice president of Planet.

Planet Technologies, based in Germantown, Maryland, is a Microsoft cloud and related services consultant that has changed the way government, institutional and private customers run their information technology networks.

Rodgers was a leader at VITA in creating a strategy for the state government to migrate its IT services to so-called cloud services that are not tied to local IT servers, but are connected through the Internet to servers across the country and the world.

“Planet’s track record as a trusted adviser and honest government broker made the decision to join the company easy,” he said. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization with an outstanding reputation for designing and deploying complex cloud solutions to meet the diverse needs of government and commercial customers.”

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