by Pamela Young, Published February 07, 2011
YPSILANTI - David Behen, a veteran technology entrepreneur and Eastern Michigan University alumnus, will take on a new role as chief information officer (CIO) for the State of Michigan.
Behen, 41, is currently co-founder and chief business officer for InfoReady Corporation, an Ann Arbor-based software company. The corporation is a spinoff from GDI InfoTech, where he is vice president and chief information officer.
Behen will join the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) Feb. 14 in Lansing. As CIO, he will oversee the application of technology with the goal of reinventing state government.
His duties will include standardizing technology and assisting state agencies in using technology for service delivery. He also will partner with local government on shared service initiatives, developing ways to leverage technology to benefit all levels of government.
Prior to joining GDI and InfoReady, Behen served as deputy county administrator and chief information officer for Washtenaw County. His work led to the Wireless Washtenaw project that provides free and low-cost Internet access to most of the county.
Under his leadership, Washtenaw County was named six times as one of the nation's Top Ten Digital Counties by the National Association of Counties' Center for Digital Government. CIO Magazine, a national publication for senior IT executives, also honored the County with its CIO100 award, for using IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth.
In 2007, Behen was named to Crain's Detroit Business' "40 Under 40" list for outstanding professional achievement before the age of 40. The Great Lakes IT Report and WWJ Radio also named him one of the region's "Top 50 Digital Innovators".
Behen is past co-chair of the CIO Council for Public Technology Institute, the national non-profit technology research and development organization in Washington, D.C. He presently serves on several boards, including the Washtenaw Area United Way Board of Directors, Midwest Technology Leaders Executive Board and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Behen received a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan in 1996.
He lives in Ypsilanti Township with his wife, Rosalie; and three children, Isabel, Joshua and Olivia.