Bill McCluggage, the UK government’s deputy CIO, is leaving to join technology vendor EMC.

Although EMC has confirmed McCluggage’s move to join the company in the first quarter of 2012, it has not provided details of his new role or where he will be based.

At the recent EMC Momentum conference in Berlin, the company revealed that part of its new strategy was to target industry sectors, one of which was the public sector.

“I am sorry to leave the Cabinet Office team, but feel the time is right after successfully publishing a new strategy and implementation plan for government ICT,” McCluggage said in a statement.

“This will ensure a modern, fit-for-purpose and cost-effective ICT structure, which supports public service delivery to a higher standard and gives value for money for the taxpayer.”

Having worked at the Cabinet Office as deputy CIO since September 2009, McCluggage is part of a recent trend of public sector IT executives moving to the private sector.

Earlier this year, Andy Tait, deputy director of the government’s G-Cloud programme, joined VMware as head of UK public services strategy, while John Suffolk, former government CIO, joined Chinese telco Huawei to head up its security division.