Mike Bracken, the outgoing IT head of Guardian News and Media, will move to a Cabinet Office position, according to the government.
Bracken will become the government's executive director of digital, and will lead work on government online interactions with the public. He will be in charge of Directgov projects, and also lead on the single government web portal alpha.gov.uk, a Cabinet Office spokesman told ZDNet UK on Friday.
While he was at the Guardian, Bracken was involved in a number of projects, including developing the m.guardian mobile site, and the Open Platform developer platform. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said Bracken could radically change the government's online presence.
"Mike has a shown he can deliver real change through his achievements at the Guardian," Maude said in a statement. "I am looking forward seeing radical change in our public services online experience."
Bracken said in a blog post on Friday that he was "delighted to have accepted a new position."
"For someone with my longstanding interests in open data and technology development, the role is simply too good to pass," said Bracken. "The role has many challenges, some specific in terms of delivery, and more generally to bring a culture based on new digital skills into the centre of government in order to transform the delivery of online public services."