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McDonnell announces technology, natural resources appointments

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A former vice-chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council will become Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s secretary of technology.

James D. Duffey Jr. worked for Electric Data Systems Corp. for 24 years and recently started his own consulting firm, Duff Consulting.

Duffey worked for Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) for 24 years where he held a variety of positions in both the U.S. and Europe. He was vice president and general manager of Global Supply Chain Management, overseeing EDS’ interaction with third-party vendors and suppliers. He was also vice president and general manager of EDS’ public-sector unit, overseeing EDS’ relationships with state, local, federal, civilian and military clients.

He also spent 12 years in Europe in a variety of roles for EDS.

McDonnell also appointed Doug Domenech as secretary of natural resources. Domenech worked for the U.S. Department of Interior from 2001 until 2009, serving as deputy director of external and intergovernmental affairs, the White House liaison to the interior department and the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of the interior.

Domenech is a principal at Chrysalis Energy Partners, a green energy consulting firm focused on renewable energy production, including biomass, wind and solar. Domenech also has experience in the forestry industry, including director of forestry programs at the Forest Resources Association.

McDonnell appointed former Del. Terrie Suit as the assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness.

Suit represented Virginia Beach and Chesapeake in the House of Delegates. She is currently government affairs director at Williams Mullen.

She is married to a former Navy SEAL and served on the Virginia Military Advisory Council for nine years.

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