Governor Larry Hogan Names Sam Malhotra as Chief of Staff

October 12, 2016

Human Resources Secretary to Replace Dr. Craig Williams

Maryland Gov Larry HoganGovernor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary, Sam Malhotra as Chief of Staff to the Governor, effective October 26. Malhotra will replace current Chief of Staff, Craig A. Williams, Ph.D., who has accepted a senior level position at Johns Hopkins.

“Secretary Malhotra has been a valued member of our cabinet, and I am now very pleased to bring his management expertise directly to my staff,” said Governor Hogan. “I look forward to working with him on a daily basis. I have absolute confidence that he will help further our mission to change Maryland for the better.”

“I am honored to accept this position, and I look forward to continuing to serve Governor Hogan and the people of Maryland,” said Secretary Malhotra. “I share the governor’s goal of putting people first and advancing an agenda that will change Maryland for the better. I’m excited to take on this new role in the administration.”

With over 20 years of successful private-sector management and organizational experience, Malhotra is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with a strong track record of performance. In his current position, he manages a $2.6 billion state agency, with over 6,500 employees, and serves more than one million Marylanders.

Malhotra has served on numerous boards, including the Creative Education Foundation, the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, and the Board of Visitors for the College of Computers, Mathematics & Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, the Harvard Business School, and Georgetown University.

“Craig Williams has done an amazing job, and he will be sorely missed. From day one, he has been a valued and trusted advisor, and a leader on our team since the gubernatorial transition,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to sincerely thank Craig for his dedication and commitment to public service and to the people of Maryland, and we all wish him well in his new position.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Hogan Administration and the people of Maryland,” said Williams. “I am grateful for this experience and would like to especially thank Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford for allowing me to be a part of such a great team. I also want to congratulate Secretary Malhotra, and I look forward to working closely with him as he transitions into his new role.”