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Scott appoints new DMS head

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Craig J. Nichols as the new secretary for the Department of Management Services, the state's administrative arm.

“As we work during the next two years to launch major productivity and efficiency initiatives, Craig will bring to the agency a combination of large-organization experience, strong operational and strategic focus, and executive leadership,” Scott said in a press release. “I am confident his corporate experience will ensure state government remains focused on making Florida the best state for the private sector to grow and create jobs.”

Nichols replaces Jack Miles, who resigned in February.

Since 2010, Nichols has been an independent consultant assisting Right Management Inc. with talent management and leadership development, according to the release.

From 2000 to 2009, he was vice president of human resources and chief compliance officer for Republic Services, where he helped transform a collection of acquired companies into a successful corporate enterprise with 13,000 employees in over 300 locations. He developed the company’s human resources vision and was the leader of its implementation, the release states.
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