30 January 2007 | Paul Snell
John Oughton, the chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), is to stand down at the end of March.
Today's announcement follows last week's radical restructuring of the OGC to form a "smaller, higher calibre organisation", with almost half of its staff set to leave.
Oughton said in a statement: "The completion of the OGC review is the right time to appoint a new chief executive, able to serve a full term while implementing the Transforming government procurement agenda. I'm pleased to leave the OGC with a clear vision for its future firmly established."
The Treasury, the department responsible for the OGC, said Oughton's successor would be appointed via an "open competition". Peter Fanning, currently deputy chief executive, will take over as acting chief executive from 1 April, until a successor is appointed.
A spokesman for the Treasury told supplymanagement.com that it was too early to speculate on the sort of candidate they would be looking for to replace Oughton.
John Healey, financial secretary to the treasury, thanked Oughton for leading the organisation through a "period of major change".
"Procurement is now centre stage in the delivery of public services and the efficiency agenda is firmly embedded," he said. "He leaves the organisation well placed to meet the challenges ahead."
Oughton has led the OGC since April 2004, having previously worked at the organisation as deputy chief executive since 2003. Between 1993 and 1997 he was head of the government's Efficiency Unit. From 1998 to 2003 he was responsible for implementing the creation and modernisation of the Defence Logistics Organisation.