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2023 C-SUITE Honoree Mark Raymond

Chief Information Officer State of CT, Dept. of Administrative Services Size of organization: 30,000 employees Education: Bachelor’s degree, computer engineering, University of Connecticut Click here to return to the honoree page
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Winner Category | Chief Technology/Information Officer, Government

Mark Raymond is the chief information officer for the state of Connecticut. In this role, Raymond is responsible for the operations, strategy and security of state government’s executive branch.

The current focus for the organization has been on making our state government more accessible to the public, ensuring the security of the systems and data in our care, and making the IT organization a great place to work.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments over the past year?

I led the consolidation of state IT employees into a new organization, building an engaged workforce while ensuring daily delivery of critical government services. Results of these new services are being seen by the general public and are embodied in our three behaviors: Own The Outcome, Be One Team, Make It Better.

All of this was possible through the collaboration with our state agency leaders and the talented employees and partners we have in the state.

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In what ways are you involved in the community?

I chair the CT Commission for Educational Technology, helping to address digital equity across the state. I am also on the Health Information Exchange (CONNIE) board of directors that is making the appropriate sharing of health data possible in the state. Does setting up school classrooms count?

On the job

Guiding business principle: See the person behind the issue; that is where solutions are found.

Best way to keep your competitive edge: Funny question, it’s not often a competition in government. This race is one where everyone needs to win.

Best business decision: Joining the state of Connecticut. This is an amazing place to be fulfilled and truly help people on a daily basis. Many people are looking for meaning in their lives. Helping others is a mission statement that writes itself.

Goal yet to be achieved: Fully leveraging state spending power to rightsize our technology. We still perform too many similar things in too many dissimilar ways.

Personal touch in your office: Wedding photo, picture of my two daughters, ‘Lil Mark’ (Jim Calhoun bobblehead doll mocked up to look like me. Sorry Coach!)

Personal side:

City of residence: Glastonbury

Favorite way to relax: Nothing like a Red Sox game in the background to free your mind

Hobbies: Golf, reading, fixing just about anything I can get my hands on (aside from my lawn)

Last vacation: Family went to a castle in New Hampshire for my mom’s 85th birthday in August. Amazing way to spend a long weekend celebrating someone you love (and the karaoke!)

Favorite movie: “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” I’m a sucker for a happy ending after 12 hours of movies

Currently reading: “Ministry for the Future,” by Kim Stanley Robinson

Favorite cause: Foodshare. Doesn’t get more important than meeting basic needs

Second choice career: Who knows, I like seeing big patterns in systems and working toward radical changes. I don’t think there will be a shortage of need in that area when the time comes.

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