Agency loses chief info officer as it continues to seek a top innovation leader

Changes are taking place in the leadership of data and information services at the federal insurer of bank deposits, as the top officer has resigned and the deputy is taking over.

In the meantime, the agency continues to look for a chief innovation officer to lead its new FDIC Technology office (FDiTech) and, in particular, the agency’s new tech lab.

Howard Whyte, who has served as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s (FDIC) chief information officer (CIO) and chief privacy officer since 2017, has resigned his office, the agency said, to “pursue an opportunity in the private sector.” Whyte’s final day at the FDIC will be Jan. 3.

Following that, FDIC said Sylvia Burns, deputy CIO, will serve in an acting capacity until Whyte’s successor is named. Burns joined the FDIC in September 2018 and has led the implementation of the agency’s five-year IT modernization plan, which was developed by Whyte.

FDIC Announces Departure of Chief Information Officer Howard Whyte