Rashik Parmar MBE has been announced as the new Group CEO of Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Rashik, formerly Vice President Technology for IBM in Europe, takes over from acting CEO Rob Deri, who remains part of the senior executive team. He will take up his post at BCS on 1st October this year.
Over four decades at IBM, Rashik helped drive its European technology strategy with a focus on guiding companies toward digital transformation and cloud computing.
A Fellow of both IBM and BCS, Rashik gained his MBE for helping local businesses and for his work at IBM’s Academy of Technology. He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and chaired the Employment and Skills Panel of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for seven years.
Rashik said, “I became a member of BCS in 1981 as a student because I wanted to show my commitment to making IT Good for Society, as well as being proud to have professional recognition. Even then it was clear that computing and tech would shape the world’s future.
“That’s why I’m a member today and why I am honoured to have been chosen by the Trustee Board to lead the professional body for information technology.
“We’re still just beginning to see the full potential of digitisation to solve the world’s great challenges in a sustainable way. So I want BCS to be the home for every tech professional who recognises the power we have to transform lives and who wants to have a say in how that power is used.
“Let’s create a global community of trusted, ethical professionals from cyber security to climate change, who all care about growing diversity and inclusion in their fields, and closing the digital divide.”
BCS President Mayank Prakash added, “The selection of Rashik Parmar as the new CEO marks the start of a new chapter for BCS. I am delighted that Rashik brings us an unrivalled level of experience gained from a distinguished career in international technology leadership. He has the vision to grow and broaden the impact of BCS as technology plays a pivotal role in solving mankind’s biggest challenges, like providing universal access to good health, food and water, education, safety and information.
“On behalf of all board members, I would like to thank Rob Deri for his leadership during this period of transition.”
Pictured above: Rashik Parmar MBE, the newly appointed Group CEO of BCS