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London’s Chief Digital Officer Addresses the City’s Digital Divide

Theo Blackwell, London’s new CDO will lead a new taskforce set up by Mayor Sadiq Khan, aiming to drive digital inclusion across the UK capital. [From Cities-Today.com]

UNDP Chief Digital Officer: Leveraging Tech to Drive Sustainable Development Goals

Robert Opp, CDO of the UN’s global sustainable development initiative, joined digital leaders from Schneider Electric, Aveva, and Petronas to discuss how digitization can help achieve the SDGs. [From Trade Arabia]

Is Texas The New Silicon Valley?

Recent moves into the state by Oracle, HP and SpaceX – along with a thriving innovation scene – are driving a renewed interest in Texas. But headwinds, including the complex political environment, remain. [From Business Standard]

UC Berkeley Announces New Plant-Based Innovation Program

Students get access to the Plant Futures Symposium as well as an on-campus Plant Innovation Challenge Lab. [From One Green Planet]

Raley’s Launches a New Food Innovation Lab

The West Coast regional grocery chain signs on as a sponsor of the Lab@AgStart food innovation and accelerator incubator outside Sacramento. [From Supermarketnews.com]

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On The Move

 

Bruce Hoffmeister Appointed CIO of Cracker Barrel

The longtime Marriott executive joins the Lebanon, Tennessee-based restaurant and food retailer to oversee IT, security and future digital initiatives.

The US Department of State Lures Keith Jones Out of Retirement to Join as CIO

Jones, who spent 36 years in government had previously been acting CIO of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Service (USCIS).

Tom Peck Joins Sysco as Chief Information and Digital Officer

Peck joins the global food service giant from Ingram Micro, the tech distribution and supply chain services firm.

JetBlue Appoints Former American Airlines CIO Monte Ford to its Board

Ford is currently principal partner of the CIO Strategy Exchange.

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