Krishna Kumar Edathil Recognized as the "State IT Director" in Nation's top 50 IT Leader of 2022
FREMONT, CA: Krishna Kumar Edathil, an Indian American technocrat, and media executive turned Information Technology leader, has been recognized as the "State IT Leader" of the year for the state of Texas in the StateScoop Top 50 2022. After putting Texas ahead of the rest of the country in cloud rankings, the 49-year-old also established the state's Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence to help the lone star state with AI and robotics process automation.
Krishna was nominated for his contribution toward developing technologies. After the final round of voting, he was declared the winner, propelling him into the top 50 category nationwide in the United States. The StateScoop 50 Awards annually recognize the best and brightest in state government who work to make it more efficient and productive.
"Krishna's leadership has been pivotal in accelerating technology modernization efforts here in Texas. He is a trusted partner for our customer agencies on their digital transformation journeys," states Amanda Crawford, State Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).
“These awards are community-driven and are decided by who receives the most votes from across the state government IT community. This year, we received thousands of nominations and the StateScoop audience cast more than 3.5 million total votes to decide the top 50, and you were among those top leaders!,”comments Jake Williams, VP, Community and Content, Scoop News Group said in the award notification letter to Krishna.
"The award is the recognition for all the advances made in cloud and artificial intelligence through the Texas Tiger Team movement," says Krishna, who has emerged as the most influential and inspirational State IT Leader in the USA. “Texas leads public sector innovation and emerging technology adoption, attributing the recognition to the teamwork and collaborative movement to accelerate innovation in Texas.”
The ninth annual awards were presented at a reception in National Harbor, Maryland, at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) midyear conference.
Krishna Edathil works as the Director of Enterprise Solution Services for the Texas DIR. He oversees the award-winning Centers of Excellence for Cloud and Artificial Intelligence, in addition to delivering enterprise vision and strategy for state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public bodies. He supervises the Prioritized Cybersecurity and Old System (PCLS) study as a division director, a yearly report given to the Texas Legislative Budget Board that informs funding decisions on state agency cybersecurity projects and attempts to modernize or replace legacy systems.
Krishna has over two decades of experience in technology start-up and leadership roles, including senior technology executive for Accenture's Intelligent Software Engineering Services group. He holds an executive certificate in Leadership and Management from MIT Sloan School of Management including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things. Krishna graduated from the Executive Leadership Information Technology Excellence Program (ELITE) at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2020 and is the founding chair of the National Association of State Technology Directors' Cloud and Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence (NASTD).