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Civil service appoints first chief executive to drive digital transformation

Computer Weekly - The civil service has appointed its first chief executive, with a remit to drive digital transformation across Whitehall.

John Manzoni, currently head of the Major Projects Authority (MPA) in the Cabinet Office, will step up to the new CEO role on 13 October. 

Among his responsibilities will be executive control of the Government Digital Service (GDS) – becoming digital director Mike Bracken's boss – in addition to the Crown Commercial Service, the MPA under his yet-to-be-chosen successor, as well as cross-government shared services and civil service reform.

The chief executive role is new and effectively combines some responsibilities of the former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake and former Cabinet Office chief operating officer Stephen Kelly, who was responsible for the Efficiency and Reform Group until his recent departure to become CEO of software firm Sage.