Phil Smith, UK and Ireland CEO at Cisco, has been formally named as the new chair of the government's Technology Strategy Board, having been nominated earlier this year to replace IBM's Graham Spittle.
The TSB is an executive Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills that plays a cross-government leadership role in delivering a national technology strategy and advising on policies which relate to technology innovation and knowledge transfer as they relate to the business world.
"The Board plays a vital role in developing innovative technologies in the UK, giving businesses the opportunity to grow, and I am pleased that we have been able to appoint someone of Phil Smith's calibre to this position," commented business secretary Vince Cable.
Speaking about the new appointment, which has a tenure of four years, Smith said his immediate priority was to "raise the profile of the TSB across the UK and increase its reach, influence and impact."
"Science, technology and innovation are vital in addressing some of the challenges we face as a country and are crucial in generating sustainable economic growth," said Smith. "I welcome this opportunity to help direct and influence the government's approach."