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FSA chief information officer jumps ship

Angelica Mari

CIO Darryl Salmonshas left the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to lead a newly-formed CIO advisory practice at a London consulting firm.

Salmons joined the FSA in 2005 from banknote printing firm De La Rue, where he held the post of CIO for four years. He left the FSA on 31 May and started at his new employer Ineum Consulting on 21 June.

During his tenure at the financial regulator, the IT chief led a major programme to outsource the organisation's IT, which included a £81m outsourcing deal with Fujitsu and the roll-out of an online regulatory reporting system.

When Salmons joined the FSA, he commissioned an independent report which slammed the watchdog's IT as expensive and badly managed. The findings were then used to make the business case for the transformation.

At Ineum, Salmons will be responsible for the new offering, which is targeted at "the key issues on the CIO agenda", ranging from IT strategy and planning to project management and governance.

Gareth Lewis, former CIO at utilities giant Centrica, has been appointed as Salmons' replacement. According to Lewis' LinkedIn profile, he has been working at the FSA since November 2008.

Since leaving Centrica in December 2008, Lewis set up Airedale Consulting, a consulting firm designed to "help executives with a variety of IS-related issues".


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