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Gov. Ricketts Names CIO

Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced Ed Toner as the new Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska. His appointment comes at the conclusion of a search for a director who will assist the Governor with initiatives to utilize technology to better deliver government services.

Toner currently serves as the Director of IT Global Information and Operations at First Data in Omaha. In this position, he led a team of IT architects and performance engineers who transformed 14 front-end authorization platforms to a recovery time objective of zero within the first year of the program. He also established the company’s High Availability Program which includes over $25 million in budgeted infrastructure improvements. Toner had previously served as Director of IT Financial Services at First Data.

Prior to his tenure at First Data, Toner worked at Ameritrade as a Six Sigma Black Belt and also as Director of IT Enterprise Operations for TD Ameritrade Technology Group.

Toner holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the people of Nebraska,” said Ed Toner. “By leveraging technology in innovative ways, we can open up government and help it work for the people of Nebraska.”

“Technology can help government work for the people of the Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts. “Ed will put his private-sector experience to work helping state agencies use 21st-century innovations to find new efficiencies and cost savings while providing quality services to the taxpayers of Nebraska.”

Toner will start on June 9, 2015. His salary will be $170,000.