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Centrica recruit CIO Mike Young from Dentsu Aegis Network

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Centrica the UK based utility organisation that is the parent company of British Gas has confirmed Mike Young as its new CIO as Rod Carr departs for a new career at energy engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler, as Horizon revealed yesterday.  

Young joins Windsor headquartered Centrica in October in a non-board level role Centrica told Horizon.  The experienced CIO has been with international advertising and media services organisation Dentsu Aegis Network as Group CIO since August 2012.

Prior to joining Dentsu Aegis Network, Young was COO of the Post Office for just over three and a half years, following a career as head of major projects with BT for a year and stints in telecoms with industry giants such as Verizon, Orange and MCI. Young began his career in the military.

Young leaves Dentsu Aegis Network with a high calibre technology and innovation leadership team in place.  Gideon Kay joined the organisation in January 2014 as EMEA CIO following a raft of major transformation success at scientific organisation LGC. Paul Dale joined Dentsu Aegis Network later in 2014 as Group CTO having led technology for ITV and Youview. Kay has been announced as interim Group CIO at Dentsu Aegis Network alongside his existing responsibilities.

At Dentsu Aegis Network Young was responsible for creating a single IT operation across the organisation and creating a set of collaboration tool sets for the business offering employees the choice of Yammer, SharePoint, Skype and OneDrive.

Centrica, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange FTSE 100 owns Bord Gais Energy in the Republic of Ireland as well as British and Scottish Gas. In July Centrica reported a fall in profits as revenues fell 13% in the first half of 2016.

Earlier this week Horizon reported that French rivals EDF Energy has recruited CIO Sarah Flannigan from the National Trust as the energy producer struggles to get political and popular support to build a nuclear electricity plant with Chinese money.

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