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Justice IT chief takes reins as government CIO

John Suffolk has been confirmed as the government's new chief information officer.

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John Suffolk has been confirmed as the government's new chief information officer.

Suffolk, who is moving up from his current position as director general of criminal justice IT, will lead the work of the E-Government Unit at the Cabinet Office. He will also head the public sector CIO Council, which is responsible for delivering the Transitional Government technology strategy.

Suffolk worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years before taking up the director general role for criminal justice IT in February 2004, where he took charge of the £2bn Joined Up Justice programme. No successor has yet been appointed to the criminal justice role he is vacating.

Suffolk is stepping into the post left vacant by Ian Watmore, who went to head the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in January this year. Suffolk will report to Watmore in his new role.

"I am very pleased to welcome John Suffolk in this role," said Watmore. "His combination of public and private sector experience makes him ideally equipped to lead the implementation of the Transformational Government strategy."

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