Teresa Takai, former chief information officer for the state under Gov. Jennifer Granholm and later for the Pentagon, is back in southeast Michigan to pursue her next job. 

Takai, 66, resigned from the U.S. Department of Defense in May after serving as Pentagon CIO under defense secretaries Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. She joined the DoD in that role in November 2010.

She currently works as a consultant to Lansing-based technology services firm Dewpoint Inc. Takai also serves on the board of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). 

However, Takai is looking to re-engage with the local business community. 

“I always kept a home here (in Troy) and my roots are here,” she said. “It’s always been my sense that I was going to come back to Michigan, but I always had more work to do.” 

She said she’s currently assessing whether she’d like to serve on more boards of directors, do more consulting work or find another full-time position. 

Takai will be a speaker at the Michigan Women’s Council of Technology IT Executive Connection Summit in September at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

Prior to joining the DoD, Takai was CIO for the state of California. She also held several technology leadership roles locally at Federal-Mogul Corp. and Ford Motor Co. 

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

Originally published in Crain’s Detroit Business.

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