Bracken to join Co-operative group as chief digital officer

Following his recent announcement that he will be leaving government, Mike Bracken has revealed that he has been appointed chief digital officer at the Co-operative group.

Bracken will join in October 2015, leaving his current role as the Executive Director of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and government Chief Data Officer. He will be working to the Co-operative Group Chief Executive, Richard Pennycook.

In a recent blog post, Bracken said that he has “loved” his time spent in Government and will be sad to leave his friends at GDS and in the “digital technology and data professions”. However, he added that,”with Richard’s help“, he will “advise and help international Governments and those in the emerging digital government and civic tech movements”.

He said: “There are many parallels between Government and the Co-operative: The opportunity to work at scale, in a £10bn organisation, to chance to set a digital strategy and improve member experience; to work with inspiring colleagues all over the country; and to build strong businesses serving diverse audiences. It’s another fantastic challenge.”

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