May 17, 2020

HMRC hires Microsoft's engineering Vice President Jacky Wright as new CIO

Callum Rivett
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HMRC has appointed Microsoft's Jacky Wright as CDIO
HM Revenue & Customs has hired Jacky Wright, Microsoft's vice-president for core platform engineering, as their new digital and information officer...

HM Revenue & Customs has hired Jacky Wright, Microsoft's vice-president for core platform engineering, as their new digital and information officer.

The appointment is designed to "take forward [HMRC's] ambitious digital transformation agenda."

Wright is "well-known in the industry as a transformational global leader and innovative technology," said HMRC in a statement.

With 17 years experience working in a technological capacity, including three years as CIO/Vice President at BP from 2008-11, Wright is a "seasoned commercial leader" and boasts "best-in-class credentials."


"This appointment marks an exciting new phase for us as we continue towards our vision of becoming a world-class organisation," commented HMRC Chief Executive, Jon Thompson.

"Her influence as a technology leader and as a champion for the role of women and BAME in industry, is a major win for this organisation."

Wright will take up her role in October, replacing current interim CDIO Mike Potter, and said that she is "really excited" to be joining HMRC.

"There could not be a better time in the history of technology to demonstrate the power of technology innovation at an organisation such as HMRC," Wright said in a statement.

"I am passionate about the impact innovation can have in truly transforming services for people and businesses in a positive way and want to continue the great work being done within HMRC at this time."

Wright has received an honorary doctorate from Aston University and featured on Britain's Powerlist 100 of Most Influential People, as well as secured a place on the list of Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business.

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Jul 7, 2021

ServiceNow pumps millions into EU service compliance

Schrems II
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ServiceNow has announced a multimillion euro investment in EU services, providing customers even greater trust, choice, and control over their data

ServiceNow, the digital workflow company, has announced a multimillion euro investment to help EU customers meet compliance requirements.

The legal, technical and organisational safeguards will help companies to comply with the the Schrems II judgment and European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations issued in June 2021.

ServiceNow’s investment means all EU-hosted data will be exclusively handled within the EU, and the cloud-hosted digital workflow provider claims its solution will come “without impact on current delivery and service”.

ServiceNow upgrade: free of charge

There will be no cost for current customers to opt in to the data compliance solution, even though ServiceNow is investing an unspecified multimillion euro sum and hiring more than 80 new staff across the bloc.

Mark Cockerill, vice president legal, EMEA and global head of privacy at ServiceNow, said: “With any regulation change, cloud services companies have a choice. They can adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach or get proactive and help customers and partners innovate. At ServiceNow we are on the front foot, continually investing in our customers, allowing them to operate with the highest level of choice and control over their EU data.

ServiceNow upgrade: ‘peace of mind’

“Our new EU-centric service delivery model will give our current customers and partners peace of mind. For customers and partners operating in highly regulated industries, or in the public sector, or those that have yet to make the switch to the cloud, this model gives them certainty and simplicity when selecting the cloud service that best suits their needs.”

Carla Arend, lead analyst, cloud in europe for IDC, said, “The Schrems II ruling has led European organizations to revisit their cloud-related data protection policies and processes when it comes to international data transfers through cloud services.

“Contractual, privacy, and security safeguards and the assurance that data will be kept and handled in the EU help European organizations to comply with European data protection laws while taking advantage of global cloud platforms. Vendors, such as ServiceNow, that invest to support their customers in response to this ruling are providing essential choice to their customers.”

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