DorobekInsider: Former USDA CIO Chistopherson lands at SAP, former Food and Drug acting CIO Chapman joins Agilex

Tuesday - 10/6/2009, 2:31pm EDT

Two names in the government IT community have found new homes.

Charles “Chuck” Christopherson Jr., the former chief information officer and chief financial officer at the Agriculture Department, has joined SAP as senior vice president of industry solutions. He will be responsible for “SAP software solutions for the public sector in North America.”

I’m also hearing that Melissa Chapman, who previously served as the CIO for the Department of Health & Human Services and as the acting CIO for the Food & Drug Administration, will join Agilex. We hear she will be in a newly-created position of Vice President for Health Solutions. The official announcement could come in days.

Christopherson, who served as both the chief information officer and chief financial officer at USDA, had a somewhat tumultuous tenure at the Agriculture Department. The DorobekInsider told you earlier this year that the USDA CIO post — traditionally a political job — was going to a career person: Chris Smith. And over the summer, Smith started a USDA CIO blog. There isn’t much there yet, but… Welcome to the blogosphere. His most recent post — on September 18 — is about the Apps.gov online federal cloud apps store.

Here is the official release about Christopherson’s appointment:

SAP Names Chuck Christopherson to Lead Public Administration Unit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 — SAP AG  today announced that the Hon. Charles (Chuck) R. Christopherson Jr. has been appointed senior vice president of Industry Solutions for SAP, with responsibility for SAP software solutions for the public sector in North America. Christopherson will also head the global public administration industry business unit at SAP. He will be responsible for driving product strategy and development, as well as growing and managing strategic relationships with SAP’s government customers. Located in Washington, D.C., Christopherson reports directly to Michael de la Cruz, senior vice president of Global Public Services for SAP.

Christopherson was most recently both chief information officer and chief financial officer in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this position, he managed more than 3,000 employees and his responsibilities included overseeing the services and systems supporting the largest of all civilian, government-wide shared services operations. Prior to his tenure at the USDA, Christopherson served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer in several technology companies, and as group vice president for a Fortune 500 company.

Christopherson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Oregon, both in the United States, and is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA).