NYSTEC appoints senior executive as new CEO

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The New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC) announced that its board of directors has selected Kevin Owens as the company’s new chief executive officer. Owens, who began serving as the company’s president on January 3, 2021, succeeds Mike Walsh, who retired after seven years as president and CEO.

Owens has more than 20 years’ experience in program development and business strategy, and he is highly regarded as an expert in transformational initiatives, according to the NYSTEC announcement. He joined NYSTEC in 2010 as a health-IT consultant and advanced first as a systems transformation leader, then as one of NYSTEC’s executive directors.

As CEO, he will focus on further developing the company’s internal capacity and services while continuing to foster NYSTEC’s extensive client relationships across government at the local, state, and federal levels. The appointment was effective to April 1.

“Throughout his career at NYSTEC, Kevin has been instrumental in the development and expansion of NYSTEC’s various initiatives,” said NYSTEC Board Chair Bill Pirillo. “He is a visionary leader who embraces NYSTEC’s core values of people, teamwork, excellence, integrity, community, and innovation. And he successfully balances multiple priorities while delivering exceptional value.”

Owens has a long history not only of client success but also
of servant leadership, officials said, adding that across his numerous roles at NYSTEC, he has been actively involved in mentoring his teams and providing leadership opportunities that supported professional development and company growth. 

“Kevin is an enthusiastic supporter of NYSTEC’s workplace culture,” said Dr. Thomas Triscari, Jr., member of NYSTEC’s board of directors. “He is invested in employee engagement across the company and is deeply involved in community activities, whether in Rome, Albany, Troy, or New York City. His commitment to giving back and developing talent has distinguished him throughout his career.”

“NYSTEC has enjoyed a long history of capable leadership,” said Pirillo. “With Kevin’s appointment, we continue that winning tradition. The Board is confident that Kevin’s experience and leadership will further NYSTEC’s mission and continued success.”

NYSTEC is an independent, nonprofit technology consulting company headquartered in Rome with offices in Albany and New York City. It was incorporated in 1996 to facilitate the transfer of technology, innovation, and expertise between the public and private sectors in support of economic development.

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