The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the appointment of Charles Forte as the new Defence CIO on 9 January 2018. Foster will be responsible for developing MoD strategy and policy on the operation and protection of all its IT and communications technology.
Forte’s previous roles include those CIO at British Petroleum and as interim CIO at Thames Water. He also had a spell as CEO for group IT services at Prudential. His appointment is the culmination of a lengthy competition that was open to both internal military and civilian applicants and to candidates from outside the MoD.
Forte takes over from former CIO Mike Stone, who left the MoD in in March 2017 after three-years in the role. Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper was named his successor on an interim basis piror to the appointment of Forte.
Stone’s achievements at the MoD include leading the “Defence-as-a-Platform” strategy to adopt more common IT and better exploit cutting-edge technology. He also pushed through an overhaul of the department’s outdated core IT platform, the Defence Information Infrastructure.