Joanna Shields to lead Tech City Investment Organisation
By Claire West
The Government today announced the appointment of Joanna Shields as Chief Executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO).
Joanna is leaving Facebook, where she is Vice-President and Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa, to take up the role at the Tech City Investment Organisation in January 2013.
In addition to becoming chief executive of TCIO, she will also take up positions as Business Ambassador for the Digital Industries and chairman of the Tech City Advisory Group.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
"I’m delighted that Joanna is joining the Tech City Investment Organisation. The success of Tech City shows just what can happen when we back some of our most innovative and aspiring companies to grow, helping the UK compete and thrive in the global race. Joanna's experience will be hugely valuable in supporting Tech City as it goes from strength to strength, and as a Business Ambassador promoting the UK around the world."
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:
“Tech City is at the forefront of driving growth and supporting some of our most innovative businesses, and we want to see it continue to thrive.
“Joanna Shields brings a wealth of experience working with one of the most well-known online companies, and I’m confident she has the ability to build on this success and bang the drum for the UK digital sector overseas.”
Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said:
“Tech City is a great success story and I believe Joanna Shields has the expertise and ability to make a hugely valuable contribution to its development.
“The UK has a creative and dynamic digital industries sector that we want to see grow even further and provide a real boost to our economy. Joanna’s appointment as Business Ambassador is a statement of our ambition for overseas trade in this sector and to... continued on page two >