Rashik Parmar MBE has been announced as the new group CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Formerly vice president technology for IBM in Europe, he will take over from acting CEO Rob Deri, who will remain part of the senior executive team, on 1 October.
Parmar spent over four decades at IBM, helping to drive its European technology strategy with a focus on guiding companies toward digital transformation and cloud computing. He chaired the employment and skills panel of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership for seven years, and has helped to pioneer the creation of value for customers using data and analytics.
He is also a visiting professor at Imperial College London.
Parmar said: “We’re still just beginning to see the full potential of digitisation to solve the world’s great challenges in a sustainable way. So I want BCS to be the home for every tech professional who recognises the power we have to transform lives and who wants to have a say in how that power is used.
“Let’s create a global community of trusted, ethical professionals from cyber security to climate change, who all care about growing diversity and inclusion in their fields, and closing the digital divide.”