ANN has received a copy
of an internal FAA letter in which FAA Administrator Marion Blakey
announces the appointment of their new CIO. As
FAA's new CIO, David Bowen will be in charge of the FAA's IT
strategy and the whopping $2 billion budget that this
requires. We're working up some additional
details on this announcement, but for the moment the memo is
I am pleased to announce that after a lengthy search to fill the
critical position of Chief Information Officer and Assistant
Administrator for Information Services, we have found just the
right candidate in David Bowen.
David comes to us from Blue Shield, one of the largest
not-for-profit health plans in California, where he served as
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He replaces
Dan Mehan, who left the FAA at the end of September 2005. On behalf
of all of us, I also want to thank Walter Iwanow for serving as
acting CIO in the interim. He has done an outstanding job in
keeping us on course.
We are indeed fortunate to have someone of David Bowen's technical
background and leadership skills. As Senior Vice President and CIO
of Blue Shield for the past five years, he operated the company's
IT department at more than 3 percent below budget, while improving
the department's customer satisfaction scores. Among his
cost-cutting measures, he negotiated and implemented a new IT
contract, which saved Blue Shield over $7 million in operating
expenses during its first year.
From 1998 to 2000, David
was Senior Vice President for Information Management and CIO at
Catholic Healthcare West, one of the largest not-for-profit
healthcare systems in the US, with 48 hospitals in California,
Arizona, and Nevada. There, too, he was successful in operating the
Corporate Information Management department under budget. One of
the steps he took to accomplish this was to consolidate Information
Management resources into a single division, which consolidated
capital and operating budgets.
Previously, David was Senior Vice President of Information Systems
and CIO at Baptist Health Systems, Inc., and Director of Management
Information Systems at Carillion Health Systems.
He earned a M.B.A. from Cornell University, and a B.S.
undergraduate degree in Economics from Ursinus College in
Pennsylvania. He also is a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania.
David will join the FAA on February 21st. I know you will give
David the support and encouragement he needs as he takes on this
Marion Blakey, Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration