Accenture MD is new head of e-government

Link: New post to replace e-Envoy

He replaces the outspoken Andrew Pinder who stepped down as e-envoy, the previous name for the role, at the end of April.

Profile: Ian Watmore

Watmore’s appointment is yet another indication that the government wishes to recruit more senior civil servants from the private sector – whoever is chosen as chief information officer for the soon to be formed HM Revenue & Customs is also likely to be appointed from business.

Prime minister Tony Blair said: ‘I am delighted that Ian Watmore is to take up this role. He will be playing a pivotal role ensuring that IT supports the business transformation of government itself so that we can provide better, more efficient, public services.’

Ian Watmore said: ‘The head of e-government is one of the biggest and most challenging IT positions in the UK today.’

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