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John Kost
John Kost
Arlington, VA USA
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Years of Experience
12 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
IT Management

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Roles and Responsibilities
John Kost is a group vice president in Gartner Research, where he leads the group of analysts providing research specific to the role of CIO, including Gartner's Executive Programs members, and the IT aspects of the roles of CFO, CEO and boards of directors. With his experience as a government CIO, he also continues to provide a worldwide leadership role in helping governments create, or re-create, the role of CIO and improve the effectiveness of the role. Mr. Kost is internationally renowned for his work in government information technology management and procurement reform.
Previous Experience
Mr. Kost spent 20 years in government in the state of Michigan, which culminated in his becoming state chief information officer (1992-1996), the first state CIO in the United States. During his tenure as CIO, he led a massive infrastructure consolidation and organizational centralization effort and was also responsible for the state's procurement process. He previously served as chief deputy state welfare director and director of policy for the Michigan Senate. He began his state government career in 1976 as a welfare caseworker. After leaving government in 1996, Mr. Kost remained active in supporting government IT through private sector roles including starting the state and local sales organization for a large enterprise software vendor, serving as head of worldwide business development for a large government-oriented system integrator, and starting a state and local division for a consulting firm.
Professional Background
Siebel Systems, National Sales Director - State and Local Government, 2 years
TRW, Vice President - Public Sector Solutions, 2 years
Federal Sources, Senior Vice President - State and Local Government, 2 years
Industry Awards/Accolades
Governing magazine "Public Official of the Year" (1995)
B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978
M.P.A., Public Administration, Michigan State University, 1981
Attended the State and Local Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1993, and is a contributor to the Leadership for a Networked World program at the Kennedy School

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Where the Buck Really Stops for Government IT Project Failure 18-Mar-2014 John Kost, Rick Howard
Shared Services in Government: Critical Success Factors 10-Aug-2012 John Kost
Critical Success Factors for Promoting Innovation in Government 08-Nov-2011 John Kost, Mary Mesaglio, Leigh McMullen
Case Study: British Columbia, Canada, Executes a Viable Shared-Service Initiative 23-Sep-2011 John Kost
How Government CIOs Can Create a Plan to Prove IT's Strategic Value 31-Aug-2011 John Kost