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Cisco UK Chief to Chair Technology Strategy Board

Cisco's UK chief executive Phil Smith has been appointed as the next chair of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) by the government of UK. The latest designation will require him to offer information and advice on technology strategies and policies to the government.

Before Smith, it was Graham Spittle the chief technology officer of IBM Europe, who graced this position.

Smith stated that he will utilise this designation to highlight the importance of the TSB and for promotion of key IT skills. In Smith's words, "One of the key opportunities the role brings, which I intend to address, will be to raise the profile of the TSB across the UK and increase its reach, influence and impact," reported V3 (opens in new tab).

Further, he added, "Science, technology and innovation are vital in addressing some of the challenges we face as a country and are crucial in generating sustainable economic growth."

TSB is known for providing government-backed support to various UK firms that come under the technology sector. According to business secretary of TSB the appointment of Smith would play a crucial role to help meeting the goals of the Board.

The four-year tenure of Phil Smith will start from 1st December this year and he will be receiving £15,720 per year during his time.

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