John Kost spent 20 years in government in the State of Michigan. He was the first State CIO in the US – appointed to the role in 1992. He has been with Gartner for the past 17 years, mostly as an executive, but spending a large part of his time supporting elected and c-level government officials across the world. His primary areas of expertise include applying customer-centric approaches to digital government transformation as well as governance, consolidation/shared services, and the evolving role of the public sector CIO.
He has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of Michigan. Despite his long history in Michigan, John also has a Pennsylvania connection – his oldest son graduated from Penn State in 2017 and is now thriving as a robotics engineer. We are…!