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December 30, 2015

Philadelphia's chief innovation officer resigns

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 Adel Ebeid Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology/

Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology's Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid.

Adel Ebeid, who became the city's first chief innovation officer in August 2011, has resigned to take a job in the private sector.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday announced the latest departure of a high-ranking official from his administration as his term in office winds down.

Ebeid, who had served as chief technology officer for the State of New Jersey before joining the Nutter administration, will become the president for innovation and technology for Green Diamond Solutions, an Arlington, Va., company that provides sustainability performance management and business intelligence.

Ebeid had served as a lead negotiator on the Comcast Cable franchise agreement, which was announced last week.

“Adel Ebeid has done a masterful job in helping move the City to the front lines of innovation,” Nutter said in a statement. “He has provided vital leadership in building a strong technology organization, attracting top talent from the public, private and local tech communities, filling critical positions in OIT and modernizing the City’s technology infrastructure.”

According to Nutter, Ebeid helped city government become more transparent, responsive and modern, including the expansion of technology services to city agencies and residents.

“I feel extremely proud of what the team has been able to accomplish over the last four years,” Ebeid said in a statement. “From day one, we focused on building an organization that can sustain change in the future and I’m proud to leave behind a team who will continue to drive the technology modernization agenda. I know the next administration values the strategic role technology can play in government and wish them all the success.”