Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.
Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.
The job involves leading the administration’s efforts to ‘unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,’ according to The White House.
Obama said of Smith: ‘Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment.
‘I am confident that in her new role as America’s Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people.’
At Google, Smith was the Vice President of New Business Development and during her nine years there, she led the company’s acquisition of major platforms such as Google Earth and Google Maps.
Before coming to Google, Smith was CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community.