Salford appoints first chief digital officer

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Salford has appointed its first ever chief digital officer as it seeks to become one of the world's "most attractive cities for digital enterprise".

Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett, alongside the Salford Digital Collaborative which includes Salford City Council, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, MediaCityUK, University of Salford and The Landing at MediaCityUK, has appointed Jon Corner, currently The Landing's CEO.

Corner will be tasked with designing and delivering a strategy that leads the "digital transformation" of the city.

He will continue in his role at The Landing, where over the last three years he has grown in into a successful tech cluster comprising over 120 new companies.

The Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, said: “This role is crucial for Salford’s future as a leading smart city with digital technology and job creation at its heart.

"As chief digital officer, Jon will become the glue for collaboration and impact and represent Salford’s interests both locally and internationally as a leading digital city.”

Corner said: "This new post offers an amazing opportunity to put Salford’s digital ambitions at the forefront. It’s an exciting challenge to fully harness the city’s potential and to identify overlapping agendas and collaborations in the region.

"I have some ambitious targets and with some significant pan-region projects already in place around connectivity, digital inclusion, cybersecurity, skills, health innovation and smart cities I’m confident we can make a big impact.”