Philip Langsdale, CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has passed away.
Langsdale was a well-respected figure in the industry, with a reputation for turning round troubled IT projects. He is understood to have passed away before Christmas at the age of 56.
Langsdale took the position of CIO at the DWP in August and had been overseeing an overhaul of the department’s flagship Universal Credit programme, which has encountered IT problems.
Prior to his position at the DWP, Langsdale was CIO at airport operator BAA, having joined the company in 2008 as part of a drive to improve London Heathrow airport after a series of IT blunders that had occurred during the opening of Terminal Five.
A spokeswoman from the Department for Work and Pensions confirmed that Langsdale passed away, but said no announcement has yet been made as to who will assume his responsibilities.
Ailsa Beaton, director of information at the Metropolitan Police, tweeted: “Very sorry to hear of the death of Philip Langsdale. He was a consummate professional as a CIO as well as being a charming and friendly man.”