John Manzoni has been appointed to the new position of chief executive of the UK civil service.
Manzoni, currently head of the Major Projects Authority and previously of Talisman Energy and BP, will have executive control over key functions including getting better deals from commercial decisions, digital transformation of public services and improving skills in the civil service.
“My priority is building on the existing momentum to strengthen the execution muscle of Whitehall and embed a sustainable productivity agenda across government,” he said.
In the role Manzoni will “support the cabinet secretary in managing the performance of the departmental permanent secretaries and ensuring that their delivery objectives are met”.
Prime minister David Cameron said: "As part of our long-term economic plan, we have cut the costs of Whitehall and improved the way government is run. But the job of changing our country is far from done.
“This is why I am delighted to appoint John Manzoni as the first chief executive of the civil service. John's experience of business and the private sector puts him in the perfect position to accelerate the pace of these reforms in the years ahead.”