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Garcetti appoints a city innovation technology chief

peter-marx-meg.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today appointed tech executive Peter Marx to be City Hall's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. "Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation," the mayor's office said.

"Among his first projects will be improving MyLA311 for one stop customer service; revamping the City's scores of web sites to make them more useful and user-friendly; and capitalize on sharing and analyzing data to upgrade performance throughout City government in the same way LAPD's COMPSTAT system has been used to drive down crime."

Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company.

This appointment is the latest in Mayor Garcetti's efforts to reform and reorganize City Hall to make it more efficient and effective in serving the people of Los Angeles. Garcetti cut the number of Deputy Mayors from a dozen to four, focused on the key areas of City Services, Budget and Innovation, Homeland Security and Public Safety, and Economic Development.

Within the Mayor's Office, he appointed the city's first Chief Sustainability Officer in addition to a dedicated point person for immigration affairs, veterans, and the entertainment industry. Upon taking office, he required every department head to reapply for his or her job. Last week, he appointed a new General Manager for the Department of Water and Power and is bringing new leadership to the Fire, Harbor, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs departments.

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