Smith, who has more than 28 years' experience in the IT industry, will be working with companies specialising in knowledge management, broadband wireless solutions and infrastructure design to help boost IT recruitment, investment and training.
"My main brief is to stimulate growth on the IT services side," said Smith.
"I also want to encourage internal investment by some of the major software suppliers on Merseyside."
Currently there are more than 600 software companies in the region employing about 7,000 people. The Merseyside IT industry is particularly strong in the areas of creative software and web portal design, according to Smith.
"Merseyside is riding the crest of a wave and our challenge is to harness that energy to create a dynamic ICT culture that will compete on any stage," he said. "We have many strengths, including inward investment, European funding and being the European capital of culture [in 2008]."
The Merseyside ICT Industry Board is supported by the NorthWest Development Agency, which aims to create sustainable economic development and regeneration of the region.
This was first published in May 2004