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DARGUE NAMED #1 UK CIO
Royal Mail’s Robin Dargue tops the 2008 silicon.com CIO50

London, 12 June, 2008 – Today, silicon.com (www.silicon.com ) named Robin Dargue, Group CIO and Technology Director at the Royal Mail, as the leading CIO in the country. The annual silicon.com CIO50 (www.silicon.com/cio50-2008), in association with Orange, profiles the 50 most influential and innovative technology chiefs in the UK.

Included in this year’s top 10 are:

1. Robin Dargue, Royal Mail
2. David Lister, Royal Bank of Scotland
3. Neil Cameron, Unilever
4. Catherine Doran, Network Rail
5. John Suffolk, UK Government
6. Gordon Lovell-Read, formerly of Siemens UK
7. Paul Coby, British Airways
8. Tania Howarth, Birds Eye Iglo
9. Simon Post, Carphone Warehouse
10. Ben Wishart, Whitbread

Dargue was recognised for his achievements at both Diageo and Royal Mail where he is now embarking on a £2bn transformation programme. Since starting at Royal Mail, he has wasted no time in reskilling and reshaping the group's IT department to meet the demands of the nation’s postal service.

"IT spend in the UK reached $84.5 billion in 2007 - a year on year increase of 16.3%. The right IT investments can either make or break a company, meaning that an innovative and visionary CIO is vital to the success of any organisation” said Steve Ranger, Editor of silicon.com. “We are delighted to announce Robin as the 2008 winner; he has shown at not one, but two large organisations, how transforming the IT department can have a significant impact on the overall success of the business."

Paul Tollet, Vice President of Orange Business Services, the exclusive partner of the silicon.com CIO50 commented: “At Orange we are passionate about supporting the best of British business, and it is exciting to see how technology leaders are paving the way for success in this country. Robin Dargue is an inspiration to us all and we hope he continues to lead the Royal Mail and the UK as a whole to a great future.”

Launched in 2007, the annual list is compiled by silicon.com in conjunction with the UK CIO community and a panel of experts. They judge each contender on four criteria: leadership ability, delivery and execution, innovation, and influence. Only those who demonstrate truly outstanding skills over the previous twelve months make it onto the list.
This year’s silicon.com CIO50 list can be seen at www.silicon.com/cio50-2008.

Helen Cooke, CNET Networks UK
020 7021 1100
helen.cooke@cnet.com

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