O2 has appointed a former Suffolk County Council chief information officer as its head of local government, as the operator gears up to drive into the public sector.
Mark Adams-Wright will be in charge of helping O2 win business with local authorities. The operator has previously announced ambitious plans to win deals with half of the UK's public sector bodies by 2016. Adams-Wright has previously held roles at Diageo, DHL, Santander and Dell. At Suffolk County Council, he was responsible for integrating IT systems across various public sector bodies.
Billy D’Arcy, MD of O2 Public Sector, said: 'There’s no doubt that local government departments are under huge pressure to drive savings, while at the same time still delivering great services for local communities. So who better to help our customers tackle these challenges than someone who has experienced them first hand? With his breadth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the challenges and pressures facing public sector customers today, we’re extremely pleased to have Mark at the helm of our local government practice.'
Adams-Wright said: 'I’m thrilled to have joined O2. I’m really looking forward to bringing all of the innovation, opportunities and high quality service that O2 offers into local authorities, and creating a step-change that the sector needs to address its enormous challenges.'
Adams-Wright's hire comes as O2 Business created 10 new divisions to target the public and private sector. There are seven specialist areas in addition to local government. These are Passenger Services, Justice and Emergency Services, Health, Retail & Leisure, Insurance, Media and Communications, and Business Services.
Author: Graeme Neill