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Customs and Excise is getting a new IT chief fresh from industry. Steve Lamey, former head of IT at BG, will take up the reins at the soon-to-be-formed HM Revenue and Customs department.

David Varney, executive chairman of HMRC, said : "IT will play a critical role in our ability to build an efficient new department and improve the service we provide to our customers. Steve Lamey combines a proven track record as a CIO with hands-on experience of managing change and I'm delighted that he is joining us."

Lamey has been CIO of BG since April 2000 and before that worked for BOC Group. He will be CIO of HM Customs & Excise and Inland Revenue until legislation is passed to establish the new department. Peter Dew, CIO at BOC, told silicon.com: "Steve has great style which I am sure will see him do well at Revenue and Customs. If anybody's perception of the Inland Revenue was grey and boring it will change soon." ®

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