Indian-American Nand Mulchandani Becomes CIA's First Chief Intelligence Officer

By siliconindia   |   Monday, 02 May 2022, 10:35 Hrs
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Indian-American Nand Mulchandani Becomes CIA's First Chief Intelligence Officer

The announcement for the coveted position was made by Director William J Burns on social media. According to the CIA, Mulchandani has over 25 years of expertise working in Silicon Valley

FREMONT, CA: Nand Mulchandani, an Indian-American Silicon Valley IT professional who attended a Delhi school, has been named the first-ever Chief Technology Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Director William J Burns announced the coveted position on social media. Mulchandani has over 25 years of experience working in Silicon Valley, according to the CIA. According to a tweet from the CIA, Mr. Mulchandani would ensure that the Agency is exploiting cutting-edge ideas to promote the CIA’s mission.

The Central Intelligence Agency remarked that Mr. Mulchandani brings extensive private sector, startup, and government knowledge to the CIA. Mr. Mulchandani has more than 25 years of experience working in Silicon Valley and in the Department of Defense (DoD). Director Burns opinioned that since his confirmation, he has prioritized focusing on technology, and the new CTO job has been a critical component of that endeavor. He also expressed his gladness about Nand joining the team and expects to bring significant experience to this crucial new job.

Mr. Mulchandani expressed his honor to join the CIA in this role and is looking forward to working with the Agency’s incredible team of technologists and domain experts who already deliver world-class intelligence and capabilities to help build a comprehensive technology strategy that delivers exciting capabilities in collaboration with industry and partners. Mulchandani was most recently the CTO and Acting Director of the Department of Defense's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center before joining the CIA. He has co-founded and served as CEO of several successful firms, including Oblix (which was acquired by Oracle), Determina (which was acquired by VMWare), OpenDNS (which was acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (which was acquired by Cisco).  He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Cornell University, a master's degree in management from Stanford University, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.