The government has appointed Cisco UK chief executive Phil Smith as the next chair of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which aims to help technology firms across the UK innovative and grow to help benefit the economy.
Smith will replace Graham Spittle, the chief technology officer of IBM's software group in Europe, and said he will use the position to grow the importance of the TSB and promote key IT skills.
"One of the key opportunities the role brings, which I intend to address, will be to raise the profile of the TSB across the UK and increase its reach, influence and impact," he said.
"Science, technology and innovation are vital in addressing some of the challenges we face as a country and are crucial in generating sustainable economic growth."
The TSB works by providing government-backed support to UK firms within the technology sector, and business secretary Vince Cable said Smith's appointment would be crucial to helping meet this goal.
"The TSB plays a vital role in developing innovative technologies in the UK, giving businesses the opportunity to grow, and I am pleased that we have been able to appoint someone of Phil Smith's calibre to this position," he said.
Smith begins his four-year tenure on 1 December and will receive £15,720 a year during this period.
On Monday, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said he wanted public-sector procurement officers to change their working practices in order to give UK ICT firms a better chance of winning government contracts to boost the nation's economic strength.
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