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Mark Denney has been appointed interim Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), taking charge of the tax office's digital transformation agenda.

Denny will replace former CIO 100 high-flyer Jacky Wright, who returned to her role as Microsoft US Chief Digital Officer after her two-year secondment at HMRC came to an end in October.

Denny paid tribute to his predecessor in a statement announcing his appointment.

"I’m really looking forward to joining HMRC at such an exciting time and to having the opportunity to build on the achievements of Jacky Wright," he said.

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Denney previously spent more than a decade at Barclays, where he served as Managing Director, CIO and Head of Change at Barclays Corporate Bank and Payments, before leaving last year to work as a contractor. He has also held senior posts at JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital.

HMRC Chief Executive Jim Harra said in a press release that Denney's experience in technological change and payments infrastructure were particularly relevant to HMRC's efforts to expand its online services and implement its digital strategy.

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Denney will take up his role on 11 November 2019. HMRC added that recruitment for the permanent role will "start in the near future."