David Behen

David Behen, keynote speaker at BIT Detroit 2016


In his dual role as director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and state CIO, David B. Behen leads an agency of 2,700 employees with an annual budget of $1.2 billion that provides business and technology services to 18 state agencies.

A champion of strategic planning, Behen is involving all department staff in the process aimed at advancing customer service and promoting employee satisfaction. Under his direction, DTMB has invested $107 million since 2013 into an IT investment fund that is financing more than 40 projects to replace legacy equipment and improve services for citizens. He is a driving force behind expanding mobility services and strengthening cybersecurity.

Behen has received a number of awards that recognize his CIO and technology leadership. Before joining the State of Michigan, he worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County and cofounder of a software company. Behen is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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