Microsoft Exec John Paul Farmer Named as NYC CTO

A longtime innovation leader who also served under the Obama administration has been chosen as New York City’s new chief technology officer.

John Paul Farmer, who has worked as Microsoft’s director of Technology and Civic Innovation for the past five years, will serve in the new role, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. He will begin work June 3.

In a prepared statement, de Blasio expressed his confidence in Farmer's abilities.

“Technology helps us provide equal access to services for all New Yorkers,” the mayor said. “I welcome John, who brings a wealth of experience working at the intersection of technology and public service. With his help, we will continue to innovate on behalf of all New Yorkers and further establish our city as a global leader in the tech field.”

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Katie Easton