New LogicaCMG head
Services giant LogicaCMG has appointed former Praxa chief executive officer (CEO), Colin Holgate, as chief executive of its Australian operations. Over the past 16 years, Holgate has held senior positions with several companies including IBM and Unisys. “We are confident he has the right management experience to take us into the top five Australian IT service firms in the future,” LogicaCMG international business chief executive, John Coleman, said. LogicaCMG clients include Energy Australia, Integral Energy, Melbourne Water, Optus, Telstra and Woodside Petroleum. The company employs more than 800 people in Australia, a spokesperson said. Holgate succeeds Andrew Tindell, who returned to the UK after 21 years service with LogicaCMG.
Avanade names new MD
Microsoft integrator, Avanade, has appointed Trevor Harper as managing director A/NZ to take charge of the company’s overall business operations in the region. Harper previously held the position of Avanade’s business development director and has more than 20 years executive experience in IT. Avanade has experienced considerable growth in the past 12 months. Staff numbers have doubled from 65 to more than 130. “I plan to build on that momentum by implementing new growth initiatives in 2004, including the launch of new practice areas complementing our existing .Net solutions, technology infrastructure, enterprise collaboration, and delivery practices,” Harper said. Before joining Avanade, Harper spent 13 years at IBM and Tandem and, more recently, was the national defence sales manager at Cisco Systems. Harper replaces Mark Chrimes who has been promoted to the post of Avanade’s area chief executive for the Asia-Pacific region.