From the start of July Hickson will in effect be the e-envoy of Bermuda, with a two-year remit to promote the growth of e-business on the island and help its government use the Internet to deliver services.
"My main priority will be to try to attract business to Bermuda", Hickson said.
"I will be advising the Bermudan government on telecommunications and e-commerce strategy, to make Bermuda an e-commerce hub for the region."
Before he was seconded to the CBI last June, Hickson played an influential role at the DTI in the development of e-business-related legislation, in particular the E-commerce Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act. He gained a reputation for working well with industry, helping to ensure that the views of business Internet users were heard and listened to.
Part of his new role will be to review the legal and regulatory regime affecting e-business in Bermuda. Asked if he would be looking at introducing an RIP Act in Bermuda, he said, "I don't think so."