White House Announces Google[X]’s Megan Smith As The Next CTO


As rumored last week, the White House has just confirmed that Megan Smith, vice president of Google’s super-secret Google[X] research lab, will be the new Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Megan joined Google in 2003, where she lead the company’s philanthropic efforts at Google.org. She later joined Google[X] as vice president and co-lead Solve For X, Google’s thinktank/conference for people working on so-called “moonshot” projects.

Megan Smith is the third person to take this role, following Aneesh Chopra and Todd Park.

Meanwhile, former Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray will be joining the White House as Deputy CTO, replacing Nicole Wong (who, as it hapens, was previously part of Legal at both Twitter and Google.)

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