The government has appointed John Manzoni as the new chief executive of the Civil Service, giving him a mission to drive efficiency across Whitehall.
Currently serving as head of the government's Major Projects Authority, the former Talisman and BP Downstream chief will take up the new post on 13 October.
As head of the Civil Service, Manzoni will have executive control over the key functions that make government work as a whole.
Manzoni will work alongside Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service, Jeremy Heywood, to accelerate the government's efficiency and reform agenda along with ensuring transformation of the Civil Service.
This will mean working on the digital transformation of public services, helping provide better results for tax payers from commercial decisions, ensuring the Civil Service has the right skills, and improving the management of major projects.
Selected for his track record in running large commercial organisations, Manzoni brings more than 30 years of private sector experience to his new position.
Prime minister David Cameron explained how Manzoni's experience can be harnessed to accelerate public sector reforms.
"As part of our long-term economic plan, we have cut the costs of Whitehall and improved the way government is run. But the job of changing our country is far from done," Cameron said.
Manzori supported the prime minister's statement, declaring: "My priority is building on the existing momentum to strengthen the execution muscle of Whitehall and embed a sustainable productivity agenda across government."
The appointment of Manzoni was announced alongside a progress report on Civil Service reform.
The report indicates that, while the pace of reform is faster this year, people will need to be brought in from outside the Civil Service in order to fill a skills gap. As such, the report recommends the hiring of more civil servants alongside more training and support for existing civil servants.
Part of this will require civil servants who are applying for secretary positions after summer 2016 to have completed a form of business school leadership course. This move hopes to ensure that leadership skills are made a priority in the upper echelons of the Civil Service.
Transforming the public sector to make use of more digital tools and services was outlined in TechUK's manifesto presented to the three parties ahead of the 2015 general election.
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