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Former city IT chief Bruce joins private sector firm

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:57 p.m. HST, Jan 7, 2013

Gordon Bruce, the former chief information officer for the City and County of Honolulu, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Honolulu-based information technology company Pacxa.

Bruce, a 30-year veteran of the IT industry, oversaw the city’s creation of an online system for services such as vehicle registrations, building permit applications and drivers’ test bookings.

Island Holdings, Pacxa’s parent company, created the company last year by combining its Hoike Networks subsidiary with two local IT companies, And You’re Up LLC and Century Computers, according to a news release from Island Holdings.

 Pacxa clients include companies such as Hawaiian Pacific Health, Hawaiian Telcom, Bank of Hawaii, and several state agencies.

“We are very excited to have Gordon, a nationally-recognized IT leader, join our team,” said Colbert Matsumoto, president of Island Holdings. “We are confident that his skills, expertise and innovative thinking will strengthen Pacxa’s position as a leader in technology solutions in Hawaii and beyond.”

Bruce left his position with the city Dec. 28 after eight years. He said he originally planned to serve four years, but stayed on for eight years to finish the initiatives he started.

Bruce said in his new position he intends to foster the growth of Hawaii’s high-tech workforce so that more local students can pursue high-paying, high-tech jobs without leaving the state.

“There is no reason we should be importing talent when there is so much of it in our own backyard,” he said.

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