Mountain resigns as Socitm CEO

Kate Mountain has resigned as chief executive of the Society of IT Management (Socitm) and will leave the organisation at the end of March.

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Kate Mountain has resigned as chief executive of the Society of IT Management (Socitm) and will leave the organisation at the end of March.

Mountain's resignation is effective immediately. Until 31 March she will act in a consultative role at Socitm.

Her move comes as Socitm is completing the first phase of a corporate review launched towards the end of last year. The review, which is supported by consultants KPMG, follows a series of other reviews conducted during 2007 to shape the society’s activities for its next stage of itsdevelopment.

Socitm said the timing of Mountain's departure would allow it to put in place new management arrangements "appropriate to the outcome of the review process".

It is currently in a period of intense change, reflecting the growing prominence of ICT within the public sector efficiency and customer service agendas, a tightening public sector financial climate, and support from the government to create a public sector IT profession.

Mountain joined Socitm as CEO in 2002 following a career in public sector IT that has included being head of IT for Liverpool City Council and Oxford City Council and working as a consultant for local authorities.

Mountain said of her resignation from Socitm: ‘It has been my intention for a while to move to a new challenge but I was keen to see the service review programme substantially complete and now that the corporate services review is in full swing I feel it to be an appropriate time to go."

The review aims to identify what services the society should provide and how they can be efficiently and effectively delivered. Socitm aims to complete the review, including decisions on new management arrangements, by the end of March.

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