Former government CIO joins exodus to private sector

Ex-Department for Work and Pensions chief Joe Harley to join Amor Group

Former government and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief information officer Joe Harley has joined technology group Amor Group as a strategic advisor.

Harley left Whitehall in spring 2012 after a year as government CIO and more than seven years in his role at DWP.

When he left, Francis Maude, the minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “Joe has played an integral role in the past year whilst as government CIO. He has led the delivery of a new ICT strategy and strategic implementation plan.

“These will ensure that the old siloed way of developing government ICT projects comes to an end, and leaves us with all departments working together to produce a fit-for-purpose and cost effective ICT system potentially saving £1.4bn over the next four years.”

Harley, who was replaced by Andy Nelson, said he is looking forward to his new role.

“Businesses are looking to more agile, flexible firms who can act quickly and save costs whilst not lowering service levels. I am looking forward to helping Amor continue that trend,” he said.

Harley’s appointment follows the trend of government CIOs joining private sector vendors.

Former government CIO John Suffolk joined Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as global security officer in August 2011 and G-Cloud deputy director Andy Tait last year moved to VMware to head up the company’s UK public services. Meanwhile, former US government CIO, Vivek Kundra became executive vice-president of emerging markets at Salesforce.com.

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