News story: David Mitchard announced as the new Chief Executive of the Defence...


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David is currently the Managing Director of Air Tanker Services Ltd, which manages the Ministry of Defence PFI contract for the Voyager, the RAF’s new generation multi-role tanker transport aircraft. He is a highly accomplished senior executive with many years experience in the private sector. David will join the Capita team, and start as the DIO Chief Executive on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

The DIO’s current Chief Executive, Richard McCarthy CBE, will be resuming his wider role within Capita’s property and infrastructure business on 20 March 2015. Colin Wood, the DIO’s Chief Operating Officer, will take on the CEO’s responsibilities from this date until David Mitchard arrives.

Speaking about the appointment of the new Chief Executive, Permanent Secretary Jon Thompson said:

I welcome the appointment of David into this vital role. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise from the private sector which will undoubtedly prove invaluable for the future of DIO and the defence estate. I would also like to thank Richard for his outstanding work in his time as chief executive and wish him well on his return to Capita.

Commenting on his time as DIO’s Chief Executive, Richard McCarthy CBE said:

It has been a rich and rewarding period since Capita was announced as the preferred bidder. Having worked on the DIO bid from the start and successfully steered the organisation through the early months of the SBP contract, I leave the DIO in a strong position to develop a more efficiently run and utilised Defence estate. It has been a huge privilege.

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