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Vodafone CIO named as HMRC’s new digital boss

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HMRC has announced the appointment of Mark Dearnley as the department’s new chief digital and information. Dearnley will join HMRC in October to take control of HMRC’s £500m-a-year IT operation that serves 45m individuals, 4.8m businesses and 65,000 HMRC employees. He will also lead HMRC’s physical, personnel and information security, as well as holding responsibility for implementing HMRC’s £200m digitisation programme and accelerating the planned delivery of online services for all taxpayers.

Mr Dearnley joins from Vodafone UK, where he has been chief information officer (CIO) since 2010 with responsibility for IT supporting 19m customers. He led a programme to overhaul Vodafone’s business-critical information systems and was named Oracle Global Business Unit CIO of the Year in 2012 for this achievement. Mr Dearnley also restructured Vodafone’s IT operating model and introduced Cloud-based technologies into the mobile operator.