Solution-oriented, strategic leader selected as Charlotte’s next chief information officer

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2019) – City Manager Marcus D. Jones announced today that Reenie Askew, a forward-thinking leader in data and technology transformation has been selected as the city's Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Askew, currently the Deputy CIO for the City of Houston, will bring her expertise to the City of Charlotte as an innovative leader, connecting the city and community through smart city initiatives.  She is skilled at developing technology strategies and has extensive experience in streamlining processes and building trusting relationships with businesses and private sector organizations.

"Reenie is known for her ability to effectively manage change and plan roadmaps for the future," Jones said. "She is also a deeply passionate leader who believes in the value of collaboration while reaching shared goals."

Askew leads Houston's Enterprise Application Services and Enterprise Data and Analytics practices.  At the City of Houston, Askew is also responsible for cloud management strategies, while providing solutions to support and transform the business and increase citizen engagement.  

"I'm eager to begin this new chapter as the city's next CIO," Askew said. "I'd like to thank Mr. Jones for this immense opportunity, and I look forward to being part of Team Charlotte."

Askew's new responsibilities will involve positioning the City of Charlotte to become a city of the future by harnessing changing technology to develop strong communities across Charlotte. She'll also be responsible for managing the city's Innovation and Technology (I&T) strategies, delivering technology services to city departments and partnership agencies, and coordinate information technology initiatives to support, enhance and advance service delivery. 

Askew is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), SIM Women's Network, Houston Evanta CIO Governing Body, and she has been recognized as a Top Women in Technology honoree.  Askew also holds a Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh.

Askew begins her new role on March 11. 


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