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An ex-IT executive at the failed investment bank Lehman Brothers has been hired by the FBI to be the agency's new technology chief.

Chad Fulgham, former senior veep at Lehman, was tapped to wear the FBI's chief information officer hat, a job that's been vacant since mid-October. The FBI said in a statement that Fulgham's experience working with "cutting edge technology" and multi-national corporations fit well with the domestic intelligence agency's IT needs.

"In today's global environment, information technology remains key to how the FBI conducts its business – capturing information that can instantly be retrieved and shared as we build our investigations, providing the means to collaborate across distances, and keeping our information secure," said FBI Director Robert Mueller III in a statement.

Fulgham replaces Zal Azmi, who resigned as CIO on 17 October for work in the public sector. Like Azmi did in 2004 when he joined, Fulgham will inherit oversight of the FBI's "Triology" program, the bureau's plan to overhaul its IT networks and computers and develop an information management system.

Under Azmi's watch, the FBI sent out more than 20,000 BlackBerrys to personnel and removed barriers to searching across the bureau's previously compartmentalized information sources. Fulgham will inherit about 54 IT projects currently in development, according to the FBI.

Previous to Lehman Brothers, Fulgham worked for IBM, JPMOrgan Chase, and Arthur Anderson. He also serves on advisory boards for AT&T and Verizon and three advisory boards for Microsoft. But he's not very good about updating his Linkedin profile. ®

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