Salford appoints first CDO

Salford has boosted its bid to become one of the world’s most attractive cities for digital enterprise with the appointment of Jon Corner as the city’s first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

Corner will lead Salford’s drive to become a smart city, helping to grow and deliver a digital transformation strategy for the city, according to Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett.

The role will build on the city’s success in driving digital opportunities. Most notably, there has been 19% job growth from 2010-15, 87% of which is digital.

 

Ambition

The appointment of a city Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to lead the digital transformation of Salford is a clear indication of the region’s ambition and desire to build networks and relationships across the wider region, supporting Greater Manchester’s aspirations as set out in the Digital Summits; encouraging collaboration between public and private sector, marketing the city’s assets and maximising value for residents, businesses and the economy with further inward investment.

Earlier this year, Salford announced a digital revolution to transform the city.

Corner brings more than 16 years of experience in technology and digital transformation in both the public and private sector. In his role as CEO of The Landing, a company which gives SMEs and micro-businesses the opportunity to work alongside larger digital, media and technology businesses, he set up and shaped one of the most successful regional and national tech clusters which, in the last three years has grown over 120 new companies and contributed over £89m GVA to the UK digital economy in 2017. Corner will combine his new role with duties at The Landing.

 

Crucial role

The Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett said: “This role is crucial for Salford’s future as a leading smart city with digital technology and job creation at its heart.

“As Chief Digital Officer, Jon will become the glue for collaboration and impact and represent Salford’s interests both locally and internationally as a leading digital city.”

Jon added: “This new post offers an amazing opportunity to put Salford’s digital ambitions at the forefront. It’s an exciting challenge to fully harness the city’s potential and to identify overlapping agendas and collaborations in the region. I have some ambitious targets and with some significant pan-region projects already in place around connectivity, digital inclusion, cybersecurity, skills, health innovation and smart cities I’m confident we can make a big impact.”

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