Technology industry veteran Mike Stone is the UK Ministry of Defence's new CIO and takes over a role most recently filled on a temporary basis.
Stone comes to the MoD from Defence Business Services (DBS) via regular government supplier Serco. He also worked as COO at BT, and CEO of its OpenAccess business. Stone has a military background, too, and served as the British Army's director of information.
His LinkedIn page does not currently reflect his move, but the Ministry of Defence confirmed it to V3 in a statement, noting he will replace the temporary holder of the post Yvonne Ferguson.
An MoD spokesperson said: "The appointment of Yvonne Ferguson was always intended to be an interim arrangement, while we sourced a permanent candidate. Since her arrival in January she has overseen the creation of a newly integrated Information Systems and Services department and helped to identify the challenges faced.
"We have now appointed Mike Stone so we can take forward the transformation of ICT under the leadership of someone who is already familiar with the organisation."
Fletcher stepped aside on 25 April, it added, and Stone was offered to the MoD by Serco. The MoD said that he would fill the seat for an initial year-long period, adding that it welcomed his experience from his long-standing military career.
The UK, and the MoD face an increasing number of cyber threats and attacks, and the Ministry has confessed to hundreds of hardware thefts from its officers and offices.
Last summer the department admitted data had been stolen as the result of a cyber attack on its systems, although it did not specify how this had happened or what information had been taken.
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