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DWP appoints ex-BAA IT chief Philip Langsdale as new CIO

Kathleen Hall

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointment former BAA CIO Philip Langsdale as its new chief information officer.

Langsdale replaces former DWP CIO Joe Harley, who retired last month. Harley had previously received a salary of between £225,000 - £229,999 for his position as CIO at the DWP, according to government figures.  

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During his time at BAA Langsdale delivered a wide range of initiatives including new collaborative systems to improve airline ground operations at Heathrow, said the DWP statement. Prior to that, he was responsible for delivering the BBC digital strategy, including the design of Freeview, and at Asda for implementing a ground-breaking store-driven ordering system.

DWP permanent secretary, Robert Devereux said: "This is a key role for the department and I am delighted that we have secured someone of such exceptional calibre from a field of very strong candidates.  Philip has a proven track record of delivery and I am confident that he will provide the department with the vital expertise and strong leadership needed as we take forward our reform programme."

Langsdale, said: “I am delighted to be joining DWP and to have the opportunity to support the challenging and important reform agenda. I look forward to working with colleagues in the Department, and its suppliers, to deliver better quality service and value for money."

The appointment comes as the DWP is tasked with implementing its IT system for its flagship universal credit programme. “This is one of the most influential roles in IT in the UK and will require the highest levels of skills and experience to undertake it.  Rewards for success are however clear both personally and in the outputs of DWP,”said the job description published earlier this year.

Read an exclusive interview with Philip Langsdale discussing his work at BAA.

Watch a video of Langsdale talking to Computer Weekly about his BAA experiences.


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