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Press Release

Release Date: January 06, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Chris Keller executive officer of Information Technology in the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce.

Mr. Keller has worked for the Chickasaw Nation since 2015.

“Chris Keller has the extensive experience necessary to develop the information technology infrastructure needed to serve both our businesses and our programs and services,” Governor Anoatubby said. “His knowledge, skills and commitment to our mission make him well suited to serve the Chickasaw Nation in his new role.”

Prior to joining the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Keller worked in the oil and gas industry. After more than two decades of service in the oil field, he was driven to a greater purpose.

“I felt it was time to start leveraging my talent in a way that could benefit people in other ways,” Mr. Keller said. “I started spending more time working with nonprofits because it allowed me to see a direct tie between my work and the individuals who benefited from it.”

It would be this call to service that eventually led him to the Chickasaw Nation.

“When I first started speaking with folks from the Chickasaw Nation, I quickly realized this organization provided the best of both worlds - a place to build a strong career and get to help individual citizens on a daily basis.”

Mr. Keller initially joined the Chickasaw Nation as an information technology service management consultant before moving into a senior manager’s role within enterprise architecture. In October 2018, Mr. Keller returned to familiar ground, assuming a role as assistant director of IT operations. He would remain in this position until his eventual appointment as executive officer.

Mr. Keller’s department is responsible for the management and delivery of a robust list of IT shared services, including data center, network communications and client services, among many more.

The department provides IT services and assistance to revenue-generating entities throughout the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce. It is also vital to tribal and citizen services.

“Our technologies are used throughout the Commerce business, which are vital to their ability to generate revenue to support our programs and services,” he said. “We provide the underlying infrastructure and applications that empower the Chickasaw Nation to deliver on the programs and services provided to citizens.”

This empowerment, Mr. Keller said, included technological support to medical services, helping ensure the Chickasaw Nation provides world-class health care to its citizens.

“We will be continuing to develop and implement an IT service delivery structure that aligns with the overall objectives of the organization,” Mr. Keller said. “Through this structure, we will be able to capitalize on a ‘common as possible, unique as necessary’ approach to streamline process and maximize technology investments in support of the diverse segments that make up the Chickasaw Nation.”

For Mr. Keller, the appointment is a high honor and an opportunity to better serve the Chickasaw Nation.

“Being appointed by Governor Anoatubby is an accomplishment that not many will have the honor of experiencing in their careers,” he said. “You can’t help but to feel honored to work alongside an individual who is now in his third decade of serving as Governor of the great Chickasaw Nation.”

Originally from Oak Lawn, Illinois, Mr. Keller has spent much of his life in Tulsa.

“When reflecting on all the accomplishments over the past 30 years and the groundwork that has been laid out for our future, I have the utmost confidence that we will accomplish everything we set our minds to,” he said.