e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres, announced that Larry Hirst, general manager, IBM UK and Ireland, is the new chairman of e-skills UK. Larry Hirst is the General Manager of IBM in the UK & Ireland. Prior to this position he was vice president, financial services sector, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Larry Hirst joined IBM in 1977 as a sales trainee in London, UK. In 1990 he became european director of services industry.
In this position he was responsible for IBM‘s Banking, Insurance and Retail Distribution Industries. In this role he also had responsibility for the IBM laboratories in Boeblingen, Barcelona and Stoneham. In April 1992 he was appointed Executive Assistant to IBMs chairman in Armonk, NY, USA.
Larry Hirst, general manager, IBM UK and Ireland said: I believe firmly in the need to improve skills in these sectors at every level for the benefit of the UK economy. My connection with e-skills UK over the years leads me to believe that this is the organisation that will be the engine for such change, and I am therefore very pleased to be able to increase my involvement.