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WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019.
Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of experience building and leading teams in the IT and financial industries. He recently served as vice president and general manager at Harris Corporation in Herndon, Virginia. There, he was responsible for the delivery of communications and IT services to federal intelligence, defense, and civilian markets as well as commercial telecom, energy, and e-commerce customers.
Prior to working at Harris, Holcombe worked as vice president for information systems at Universal Service Administrative Company in Washington, D.C., and before that as chief operations officer and corporate secretary of Globix Corporation in New York. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of TJ Westlake and chief executive officer of Visium Technologies, focusing on cybersecurity at both companies.
Earlier in his career, and after serving several years as a captain in the United States Army Signal Corps, Holcombe successfully built two different startup technology firms from the ground up.
“We are honored and excited to have Jamie and his decades of demonstrated expertise and leadership skills come to serve at the USPTO,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu. “Our legacy IT systems are old and it is well beyond time to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort. As our new CIO, Jamie will have a unique opportunity to help the USPTO improve these systems and transition our agency to state-of-the-art technology.”
Holcombe holds a Master of Science in computer science from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he finished first in his class in computer science (and top 6 percent overall).
“I want to thank David Chiles for his invaluable leadership as our acting chief information officer since November 2017,” said Iancu. “David’s years of dedication to this agency and to the services we provide the public has been exemplary. I look forward to his continued contributions to the agency.”
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