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Terry Halvorsen (he/him)

Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Enterprise Mobility Samsung Electronics Canada

Terry Halvorsen started with Samsung Electronics in 2017 as an Executive Vice President in the Business to Government group. He has since been appointed as the Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, IT and Mobile Business to Business, Samsung Electronics.

Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer from March 8, 2015 to February 28, 2017. He previously served as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer from June 2014 until March 2015. He was the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer from November 2010 until May 2014.

As DoD CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications. He provided strategy, leadership and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology-based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions. As the Department of Navy CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the principal Information Technology, Information Assurance and Privacy Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

Before serving as the Department of the Navy CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in that position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to that, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 globally dispersed computer network users. In this position, he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management.

Mr. Halvorsen served as an army intelligence officer, active and reserve, in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Widener University and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow. He was awarded the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award for Civilian Executive Service in 2017.


Opening the floodgates: When faster networks accelerate everything

November 9, 2018  2:45 PM – 3:05 PM
In this conversation with Terry Halvorsen, CIO and EVP at Samsung Electronics and former CIO of the U.S. Defense Department, we’ll explore the vast implications of ultra-fast fifth-generation (5G) cellular technology. See more.

The next mobile economy: Unlocking the full potential of mobile platforms

November 9, 2018  6:40 PM – 7:15 PM
In this session, join Samsung Canada’s Paul Edwards, VP and GM of enterprise mobility, and Terry Halvorsen, CIO and EVP of Samsung Electronics, as they discuss how business leaders can weave progressive mobile strategies into every level of their organization to stay competitive and grow in the Next Mobile Economy. See more.
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