Big guns join Digital Strategy advisory team

IT minister David Cunliffe has announced the appointments

Chris Liddell, ex-pat Kiwi chief financial officer at Microsoft, has been appointed one of three new members of the advisory group on implementing the government’s digital strategy.

The others are Sachio Semmoto, chief executive of eAccess, a private telecommunications company in Japan, and Richard Excell, senior industrialist adviser to the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry Innovation Unit and member of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s UK Beach Head advisory board.

Announcing the appointments IT minister David Cunliffe also announced the appointment of IBM chief executive Katrina Troughton as the chair of the advisory group and Graeme Osborne, chairman of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, as the vice-chair.

Sarah Thomson, chief executive of Diabetes New Zealand, completes the initial set up of the group. She has extensive experience in the community and voluntary sector. Many of the strategy’s aims reach into the community and voluntary bodies could be important as channels for some initiatives.

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