15 February 2001 | Cathy Hayward
Purchasing professionals have welcomed the appointment of Andrew Pinder as the government's e-envoy. But concerns about the role of the government's ambassador responsible for promoting the take-up of electronic commerce within UK industry remain.
Pinder's knowledge of IT and his customer focus are good news, said David Mannion, principal e-business consultant at ICL e-Business Services and a member of CIPS's e-commerce group. "It is good to know that someone has finally been appointed and things can move forward."
"This is a strong appointment," added Chris Phillips, director of marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at e-procurement software firm Commerce One. "He has a good mix of public and private-sector experience."
Pinder, a former IT director at the Inland Revenue, who also worked for financial services company Citibank and insurance giant Prudential, was appointed as interim e-envoy in October, following the resignation of Alex Allan, the first e-envoy, after just nine months.
The government wants to make Britain the best place in Europe for e-business, creating several posts to lead the way.