As of February 18, 2014, Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia is the Chief Advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity to the Governor, State of Hawaii. In this new leadership role, Sonny is helping Hawaii become a leading Technology and CyberSecurity Hub of the Asia-°©‐‑Pacific region in the 21st Century Digital Age.
Mr. Bhagowalia previously served as the State of Hawaii’s first full-°©‐‑time Chief Information Officer (CIO), from 2011 until 2014, reporting directly to the Governor. Sonny led the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was responsible for leading the business and technology transformation for the State of Hawaii. Bhagowalia and his OIMT team successfully developed the state’s first Business and IT/IRM Transformation Plan that provided the seven-°©‐‑phase comprehensive roadmap for the state’s modernization initiative.
Sonny led the successful implementation of the first three phases of the program. Sonny has over 28 years of experience in Industry and Government in transforming organizations to achieve mission success. He has served in technical, management and senior executive leadership capacity in world-°©‐‑class organizations such as Boeing, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. General Services Administration, and the State of Hawaii. At Boeing, he supported key U.S. Government customers in Defense, Civilian and Intelligence Community sectors including nine years at NASA. Sonny has degrees in Engineering and Management and is a distinguished graduate from the National Defense University with a Federal CIO Certificate. Bhagowalia has been bestowed numerous honors for his work from the federal government and industry, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, three “Fed 100” Awards and his data.gov team won the CIO 100 Award.