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Technology Veteran Named CIO for Victim Compensation Board

The new chief information officer, who will also serve as the board’s deputy executive director, has worked for several large state agencies, and he began his career in the private sector.

The California Victim Compensation Board has a new chief information officer.

The board’s new CIO and deputy executive director is Abdul Rahim Shaik, an award-winning technologist with more than 20 years in the industry.
Abdul Shaik
Abdul Rahim Shaik

The board’s executive officer, Lynda Gledhill, told Industry Insider California via email that she’s looking forward to working with Shaik.

“We are excited to have Abdul Shaik on board at CalVCB,” Gledhill said. “With his 23 years of IT experience, including as an IT division chief for EDD for five years, we know our IT systems are in good hands. His technical leadership will ensure the success and efficiency of our mission-critical systems and the protection of crime victims’ confidential information.”

Shaik, who has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, began in his new role earlier this month. He most recently served as chief of the Application Services Division of the California Employment Development Department. Before that, he had served in executive and management roles with the Financial Information System for California, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Department of Health Services. He began state service in 2007.

Before working in state government, Shaik had worked as a consultant and manager for SAP, Intel and Accenture.

He is a graduate of the state’s Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA) and was honored for innovation and leadership. Shaik is an alumnus of Dayalbagh Educational Institute, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering.

The three-member Victim Compensation Board sets policy for the organization and makes decisions on matters including appeals for victim compensation and claims of people erroneously convicted of felonies.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.