Google's Megan Smith confirmed as White House CTO

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Google's Megan Smith confirmed as White House CTO

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President Barack Obama tapped the Silicon Valley for two key positions on his technology policy team on Thursday, naming Megan Smith from Google as his new chief technology officer and Alexander Macgillivray, formerly of Twitter, as a deputy.

"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," said the President of the appointment.

Smith was vice president of the "Google X" lab that worked on projects like driverless cars and Google Glass eyewear, and led acquisitions for the company like Picasa and Google Maps.

She replaces Todd Park, who started two successful health technology companies before joining the government. Park recently returned to California, but continues to work for the administration, recruiting tech experts into the government.

Macgillivray was general counsel and head of public policy at Twitter from 2009 until 2013, and will advise the White House on big data and privacy policy and other internet and intellectual property issues.

He replaces Nicole Wong, who left the White House last month. Wong had been legal director at Twitter and a former Google lawyer before she joined the White House, and helped lead the recent White House review of big data and privacy issues.

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