Gov. Haslam creates new COO position in Cabinet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has hired on a former IBM executive to become the state's chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced Tuesday that Greg Adams role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in operations with state departments. He starts his new job on July 8.

Adams spent 37 years at IBM, most recently as a managing director in the company's financial services sector. His career with IBM also included stings in Knoxville and Nashville. He later served in a variety of senior management roles in Tokyo, New York and Atlanta.

Adams holds bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton and a master's in science and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The new position pays $165,000 per year.

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