D. Darnell Smith is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is the second largest city in North Carolina and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. As CIO, he is responsible for technology services and systems that deliver business value to the City and the greater Raleigh community. This includes infrastructure that supports a wide range of technology needs of a vibrant municipality – everything from deploying Office 365 citywide to complex initiatives that include cybersecurity, fiber networks and body-worn cameras for law enforcement. Smith also chairs Raleigh Connected, a public-private initiative that draws on the collective strengths of governments and high-tech businesses in the Triangle. Raleigh Connected combines technology solutions and civic innovation to enable connectivity, encourage economic development, and promote digital inclusion. He also spearheads the City’s involvement in the Smart Cities movement in the Triangle region. Part of this effort involves numerous partnerships with NC State University in building a more connected and sustainable community.
Before his employment with the City of Raleigh, Smith was the Vice President of Group IT for Elster Group GmbH, a world leader in Advanced Metering Infrastructure and integrated metering and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries. As Vice President, he was responsible for strategic leadership and operational delivery of IT services globally, and spearheaded initiatives to improve the visibility and variability of IT spend. Smith spent five years in that role. Before becoming Vice President, he was Director, Americas IT. During his four years as Director, he successfully led the implementation of the Group IT strategy in the Americas through the migration of SAP Data Center Services to an external hosting provider, the establishment of the Americas IT Shared Services organization and the implementation of SAP for the NA Electricity Business Unit. Before joining Elster, Smith was employed by E.I. DuPont de Nemours for 19 years. During this time, he held several IT leadership positions including Global SAP and North America Service Delivery Manager for DuPont’s Performance Materials business. Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc. with honors in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.