Lansing-based Dewpoint Inc. announced Monday that state CIO Ken Theis will join Dewpoint as its COO.

Theis announced Sept. 16 that he would be leaving his post as state CIO and director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

“It is a good day when we can report that the talent, skills and leadership of Ken Theis will be hard at work right here in the Michigan and greater Midwest area,” said Dewpoint chief administrative officer Patti Howland.

Added Dewpoint president and CEO Andy Kotarba: “Too many talented people have left Michigan for other markets. It is people like Ken Theis that have a vision and can see the opportunity in this area’s adversity who will bring us through the challenges of recovery and reinvention.”

Before joining state government, Kotarba had a 10 year career at General Motors providing support to GM business, sales and marketing divisions.

“Ken’s leadership, experience and skills will help bring a stronger message to C-level business offices, and our consultants will be better equipped to provide business technology plans and solutions that are more relevant and compelling,” Kotarba said.

And Theis said: “Dewpoint has an impeccable reputation and real depth of technical knowledge. “This is a good fit and I believe I can make a real contribution in technology consultation.”

Theis’ first day at Dewpoint will be Friday, Oct. 1.

Dewpoint provides a wide variety of technology products and services for clients in government, health care, education, manufacturing, retail, and financial services. Theis will look to strengthen Dewpoint’s consulting, technology and service offerings in virtualization, cloud computing, business intelligence, identity management and data center support.

Besides its headquarters in Lansing, Dewpoint has offices in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

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