The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has named Geoffrey Nieboer as the agency’s Chief Data Officer (CDO), and moved Brian Whittaker to the role of Acting Chief Innovation Officer, according to the agency’s organization directory.

Nieboer will now hold the CDO position in tandem with Jacques Vilar, who has been FDIC CDO since February 2020. The pair report to FDIC Division of IT Director Sylvia Burns.

Whittaker is well known in Federal tech circles, having worked as the agency’s Chief Experience Officer from September 2021 until his move to acting chief innovation officer last month. He replaced Sultan Meghji, who was the agency’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Meghji left the post in February, after an experience he called a “privilege and honor” in a LinkedIn post following his departure.

Nieboer comes to FDIC from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), where he served as Chief of Business Intelligence from 2016 until last month. Starting in 2019, he took on an additional role as the CDO for the FRTIB. In that role he led that agency’s data governance process, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to his time at FDIC, Whittaker served as the director of design and development at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from August 2020 until September 2021, where he led the agency’s Tech Sprint program and website refresh. He joined CFPB after a stint at the General Services Administration where his final two roles at the agency were Director of Centers of Excellence, and acting director of the agency’s 18F government tech and design consultancy.

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Lamar Johnson is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.