Colonel Bill Poirier, USAF (Retired)

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA, Retired, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Bill Poirier will join Cypress International, as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Cybersecurity, effective 1 June 2019. “Bill brings 25+ years of experience transforming global, national, and state IT enterprises within private industry, state government and the Department of Defense.  As a four-time Chief Information Officer and former Chief Security Officer, his diverse technology and cybersecurity experiences will be of tremendous value to our clients and an excellent addition to the Cypress team.”

Bill spent a career in the Air Force leading various cybersecurity and information technology organizations across the globe, both in-garrison and in combat operations, retiring in 2014 as Colonel.  In his last assignment as a wing commander, he led the IT and cybersecurity organization that operated and secured USAF’s IT enterprise, supporting global air and business support operations for 800,000 customers.  He also trained and equipped forces to provide offensive cyberspace capabilities to national agencies and combatant commanders worldwide.

Bill comes to us from Minnesota IT Services Agency where he provided technology and cybersecurity services to the state’s 38,000 employees and over 5 million citizens as the State Chief Technology Officer, Acting Chief Information Officer and Agency Commissioner.  Prior to that, he was a Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer for a private education management corporation supporting 78,000 customers nationwide.