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NRIs appointed to key posts in US

Aneesh Chopra and Sanjay Puri are part of top decision-making bodies in Virginia, reports S Rajagopalan.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2005 10:52 IST

Two young Indian American techies have been appointed to key positions in the new Virginia set-up following last month's elections.

Close on the heels of the appointment of Aneesh Chopra as the state's secretary of technology, IT specialist Sanjay Puri has now been named the co-chair of a policy committee to deal with a looming problem across the US—Internet fraud and identity theft.

Both are tech executives in their own right. Chopra, 33, is managing director of the Advisory Board Company, which provides best practices research and analysis to health care companies.

Handpicked by Governor-elect Democrat Tim Kaine, Chopra will be the first Indian American to hold a cabinet-level position in Virginia. Puri, on the other hand, is the choice of Republican Attorney-General elect Bob McDonnell.

Chopra's assigned mission is to expand the use of IT to serve citizens and promote Virginia to technology companies, in addition to focusing on the health care sector. He holds a master's in public policy from Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.

"Aneesh's experience in the private sector and with state committees seeking to control health care costs through technology will be an important addition to my cabinet," Kaine said in a recent statement.

Puri is the president and CEO of Optimos, a Northern Virginia-based software company that provides IT solutions to both business and government. He has been on activist on Capitol Hill by virtue of being chairman of the US India Political Action Committee, an influential non-profit lobbying group.

"I look forward to helping Virginians feel safe and secure while using the internet," said Puri adding his goal will be to develop some sound strategies to combat the growing crimes of internet fraud and identity theft.