24 June 2004
Sir Peter Gershon, the former head of the Office of Government Commerce, has joined Premier Farnell as deputy chairman.
He replaces Sir Robert Horton who has retired. Gershon also becomes a non-executive director of the global electronics component maker and distributor.
He was chief operating officer at BAE Systems in 1999 when he was lured away by the government to produce a review of central government procurement.
Since September, he has been conducting a major review of government efficiency at both local and central levels. The controversial review, leaked to the press, recommended cross-departmental procurement organisations and big managerial job cuts (see News, 4 March).
One of his recommendations was to establish the OGC as a procurement review and advisory body. He left the OGC in April (see News, 13 May).