Release Date: April 25, 2014
by Tony Choate, Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby recently appointed an experienced technology professional to a leadership position within the division of information technology and services.
Uday (UK) Rao, Tulsa, Okla., was named Executive Officer for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Information Technology and Services.
He is an accomplished information technology leader with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the energy and financial services industries.
“Mr. Rao brings extensive experience, knowledge and a wide range of skills to his new position,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “His leadership and strategic planning skills will help us maximize our effectiveness and better serve Chickasaw citizens.”
The Chickasaw Nation Division of Information Technology and Services provides pertinent, timely and vital information to Chickasaw citizens and employees.
As executive officer for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Information Technology and Services, Mr. Rao’s responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Chickasaw Nation’s Information Technology, which includes the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and dozens of other facilities.
Prior to joining the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Rao served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Tulsa-based Seminole Energy. He also worked for several years at Williams Companies in IT leadership roles.
Mr. Rao earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India. He earned an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India.
He has also served in leadership positions supporting United Way agencies, including the Crossroads Clubhouse and Margaret Hudson Program in Tulsa.
While considering employment with the Chickasaw Nation, a Tulsa co-worker and Chickasaw citizen encouraged Mr. Rao to accept the position. She told him that he would be happy working for the Chickasaw Nation, because they would treat him like family.
Rao has experienced that culture of familial inclusion since beginning work April 1. “I have felt most welcome here by everyone,” he said.
Mr. Rao and his wife, Marcy, have 17-year-old twins, son Alex and daughter Emily.
Last Updated: 10/20/2014