The BBC’s director of people Stephen Kelly is to leave the corporation to take up the role of group HR director at IT firm Logica.

Kelly will join the IT services giant, which employs 39,000 people across 36 countries, in the New Year and will be responsible for rolling out the company’s new people strategy.

Kelly said: “I’m joining Logica at a very exciting time and am very much looking forward to helping to further cultivate a dynamic working environment for all Logica’s people. I will be supporting the business strategy by ensuring that the right incentives and processes are in place to empower Logica’s talented people around the world.”

Kelly has been at the BBC since October 2006, where he is a member of the executive board, reporting to director general Mark Thompson. He was previously chief HR officer at BT Global Services and before that led the HR functions at the National Provident Institution, British Rail and Balfour Beatty.

Andy Green, Logica CEO, welcomed Kelly’s appointment and said his “extensive international people and change management experience” would be key to implementing their new programme for growth.

“Stephen’s last two roles have shown how skilled he is at nurturing innovation in teams and individuals. His approach is a great cultural fit for Logica and we all look forward to working with him,” he added.

The BBC are to begin recruiting for Kelly's replacement immediately.