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HMRC recruit Microsoft tech leader as CDIO

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Tax collectors HMRC has appointed a former Microsoft IT Director as its new Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) the Whitehall agency has said in a statement.  Jacky Wright will take on the role of leading technology which has been held by Phil Pavitt and Mark Dearnley in the past.

Wright is currently VP for Core Platform Engineering at Microsoft and has been with the organisation since 2011 when she left oil firm BP.  HMRC said in a statement that the appointment of a new CDIO was “formally ratified by the Prime Minister” and candidates were from the public sector as well as industry and from overseas were considered.

“Jacky was an exceptional candidate and this appointment marks an exciting new phase for us as we continue towards our vision of becoming a world-class organisation,” HMRC Chief Executive, Jon Thompson said in a statement. Adding: “Wright is a seasoned commercial leader with ‘best in class’ credentials, globally. Balancing strong operating experience with a record of driving innovation, Jacky is widely recognised for her contributions to technology and diversity. Her influence as a technology leader and as a champion for the role of women and BAME in industry, is a major win for this organisation.”

Wright starts the role on 16 October 2017. Mike Potter will leave the CDIO role to take up a new role as Director for Future Borders, an interesting challenge following Brexit.

Wright spent three years at BP before joining Microsoft and before that was CIO for the Advanced Materials division of industrial giants GE for two years.  The CIO has also held roles at Ryder the rental vehicle providers and Andersen Consulting.

Mark Dearnely was the first CDIO at HMRC joining the organisation in 2013 and staying for three years before heading into financial services and joining Premium Credit.  Mike Potter stepped up to be interim CDIO when former Vodafone CIO Dearnley left.  Potter was Digital Transformation Director of HMRC since 2014.  Phil Pavitt was CIO for HMRC from 2010 to 2012 and led the 13 Machines technology strategy.  

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