The Digital Catapult has announced the appointment of new chief executive Jeremy Silver.
Silver is described as an "author, investor and business mentor", and has held previous roles as chief executive of Sibelius Software and executive chairman of Semetric. He has also held senior positions at Virgin Records and EMI.
He will take over the role in June when existing chief executive Neil Crockett steps down.
Silver said he is "delighted" to take on the role and will ensure that the Digital Catapult continues to help new UK technology companies to thrive.
"I’m excited to be able to help grow the Catapult’s contribution to accelerating that process through encouraging and increasing the responsible sharing of data," he said.
Silver added that it is a particularly exciting time to join the organisation given the amount of exciting and potentially world-changing technologies on the cusp of becoming mainstream.
"New areas such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence [AI] and virtual reality [VR] offer further opportunities for digital innovation. They can capture the public imagination and offer great commercial prospects for the UK in global markets," he said.
Digital Catapult chairman Andy Green believes that the appointment will have a big impact on the organisation.
“Jeremy brings a passion for the sector and a great blend of digital and creative experience to the role. He is a successful entrepreneur with a long-term interest in the development of the UK's tech and creative sectors," he said.
"His strong government and innovation connections and collaborative leadership style will help the exciting UK digital innovation space continue to deliver jobs and growth into the UK economy.”
The Digital Catapult is an offshoot of Innovate UK and is made up of 11 not-for-profit, independent technology and innovation centres.
It has helped 2,500 SMEs since launching in 2013 and won more than £3.5m in collaborative research and development bids. Centres across the UK include ones Brighton, Bradford and Sunderland.
The need to promote new businesses focusing on cutting-edge areas of IT is only set to grow, especially as new jobs, such as VR developers and AI experts, become mainstream.
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