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CompTIA Welcomes New Executive Members to State and Local Government and Education Council

Nov 07, 2016Downers Grove, Ill. CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, today announced the appointment of five new executive council members to its State & Local Government and Education (SLED) Council.


“Our Executive Council leads the SLED activities and collaborates with CompTIA staff, state government affairs advocates and other resources to drive member-led initiatives focused on advancing the interests of the IT industry in the SLED market,” said Jennifer Axt, chairwoman of the council and general manager, state and local government and education, Dell EMC.


The new CompTIA SLED executive council members are:


John Punzak, national sales director for Red Hat , an enterprise open source software company.  Punzak manages a team of sales and technical professionals across the U.S. who serve the needs of state and local governments and educational institutions.  He is approaching his 11th anniversary of founding the SLED division at Red Hat. Prior to that, he held positions at Oracle Public Sector, Unisys, and NCR. John is a graduate of the University of Florida and is also the captain of the Tampa chapter of Code for America.


Charles Collier, managing director of advisory for KPMG. Collier is a trusted advisor to many government leaders throughout the country. In February2011, Collier joined KPMG’s State and Local Government (SLG) practice as a managing director in its Austin office, where his duties include helping government clients transform their business operations, building and expanding relationships with clients in Texas and Oklahoma, and leading KPMG’s SLG CIO Agenda go-to-market activities nationally. He most recently worked as a managing director of state and local markets at EquaTerra, which was acquired by KPMG in 2011.


Claire Bailey, director, federal, state and local solutions for Compuware. A former CTO for the state of Arkansas, Bailey moved to Compuware, where she now works to advance the company's public sector opportunities in mainframe technologies. Prior to joining Compuware, Bailey served as the agency director for the Arkansas Department of Information Systems on the cabinet of Governor Mike Huckabee, and continued to serve as the Agency Director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems and Arkansas Chief Technology Officer on the cabinet of Governor Mike Beebe. When she retired from the state, she joined Compuware.


Juliane Swatt, senior vice president, state government solutions, public sector, for Xerox. Swatt has been a strategic advisor to commercial and government clients globally for over two decades. She joined Xerox in 2014 as the senior vice president of marketing and business transformation, and currently serves as the senior vice president of sales for state government services, public sector. In her current role, Swatt leads the sales organization serving U.S. State Government, providing a wide variety of services. Prior to joining Xerox, she served in senior leadership positions with IBM for four years in client solutions and business development for Global Technology Services (GTS). Serving as a director in public sector, GTS, Swatt and her team led business development efforts in target client markets for government, education, healthcare payer and provider, as well as life science/pharma.


Margaret Hallbach, vice president, government and education, public sector markets for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Hallbach manages a nationwide team responsible for customer engagement and solutions development to address the increasingly complex requirements of state and local government and education clients. Previously for Verizon, Hallbach led the project and program management teams for the government and education markets, where she was responsible for service delivery and operations. She began her career with MCI in 1997, serving in various marketing, strategy, and product management roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of strategy and business.


“Our new executive council brings a great new dynamic to the SLED Council, and their experience in the IT industry will surely serve us well,” council Chairwoman Jennifer Axt said.


About CompTIA

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