Colin Cobain, a former chief information officer at Tesco, has joined HM Revenue & Customs as a non-executive director.
Cobain was CIO at Tesco until November 2007. His appointment at HMRC, along with three other people appointed as non-executive directors, will last for three years.
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Mike Clasper, chairman of HMRC and chair of the board, said of the appointments, "This is the next step in strengthening the department's governance. The non-executives bring to the board a diverse mix of expertise and skills from across both the public and private sectors."
Cobain is currently non-executive chairman of Safe Surgery Systems and interim group CIO at the brewer SABMiller.
He has previously held senior IT jobs at Kingfisher Plc group and Thorn EMI.