Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, announced the appointment today (3 September 2014) of Mayank Prakash as the new Director General for Technology.
Mayank will be responsible for IT services at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and ensure that its technology supports current and new digital services. He is the permanent replacement for DWP Chief Information Officer Andy Nelson.
Mayank has led large scale transformation for complex, global multi-channel retail financial services and telecomms businesses. This includes market-leading digital initiatives to implement online services, mobile apps and big data analytics integrated with social platforms. He was previously Managing Director of Wealth and Asset Management Technology delivery centres at Morgan Stanley and prior to that led IT, security and digital business transformation at Sage UK.
DWP Permanent Secretary, Robert Devereux, welcomed the appointment:
I am delighted to welcome Mayank Prakash to the department. Mayank has a wealth of experience in leading technology and business transformation. His expertise will prove invaluable to the department.
The incoming Director General for Technology, Mayank Prakash said:
I am delighted to have been asked to join DWP. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to simplify welfare by transforming one of the UK’s largest IT estates to deliver easy to use digital services. It is a professional privilege to improve how the government delivers services to 22 million citizens.
Mr Prakash will start in November.
Mayank Prakash was previously Managing Director of Wealth and Asset Management Technology delivery centres at Morgan Stanley and prior to that led IT, security and digital business transformation at Sage UK. Mayank’s early career was in leading technology and eBusiness teams for Lucent and then Avaya where he was the International IT Director.
An MBA from Manchester Business School, Mayank is a keen technologist with a track record of building leadership depth and leading high performance teams known for exceptional engagement and for driving transformative change.
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