Storage specialist EMC has named a former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official as the newest member of its board of directors.
The company said that Jami Miscik, currently president and vice chairman of consulting firm Kissinger Associates, would be taking over a vacant seat on the company's board. Miscik had previously worked at the CIA, rising to the office of deputy director of intelligence.
EMC hopes that Miscik's knowledge of government affairs will help the company to win over new contracts. The company said that Miscik will seek to provide guidance on strategic and political matters.
"Jami brings to EMC a unique perspective on international and government affairs, and a great depth of insight and expertise in risk analysis and geopolitics," said EMC chief executive and chairman Joe Tucci.
"Her strategic guidance on these and many other critical matters will serve EMC and its shareholders well as we capitalise on the extraordinary transformation in the IT industry."
The hiring comes in the wake of a major strategic shakeup at EMC and its VMware subsidiary. In July the company unveiled a plan which would see EMC's Pat Gelsinger take over the chief executive role at VMware and replace Paul Maritz, who moved to EMC to take over the chief strategy officer role.
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