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MoD picks Charles Forte as CIO successor to Mike Stone

David Bicknell Published 09 January 2018

Forte has experience in several industrial roles, including at BP, Thames Water and Prudential; expected to start towards end of January with Ivan Hooper relinquishing interim CIO role


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finally appointed a new chief information officer (CIO) in succession to Mike Stone.

The new CIO is Charles Forte, who was previously CIO at British Petroleum and was in an interim position at Thames Water. He was also chief executive of the Global IT Service at Prudential. He replaces Stone who left at the end of March last year.

In a statement, the MoD said, “Following an open competition to both internal military and civilian candidates and to candidates from outside the MoD, the Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove and General Sir Chris Deverell, Commander Joint Forces Command, have today announced the appointment of Charles Forte as the new Defence CIO.

“Charles has 36 years industry experience gained from leading Information Technology companies globally.”

Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, who had been acting both as the chief executive of Information Systems & Services (ISS) and the Defence CIO will now hand over the CIO role to Forte when he joins the MoD towards the end of this month.

The MoD said as part of his new role, Forte will be responsible for the development of MoD strategy and policy on the operation and protection of all MoD Information and Communications Technology, including cybersecurity.

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