IT consultant and outsourcer, Capgemini Australia, has appointed Michael Alf as the new vice-president of its Australian operations.
Alf replaces Martin Green, who has become head of sales for Capgemini Australia at its Melbourne office. The company also has offices in Sydney and Canberra.
Alf, who moved to Australia with his family from Germany just before Christmas, will lead the local consumer products sector, which comprises consumer goods, manufacturing, retail and transport and logistics.
HE has 10 years experience with Capgemini Germany working mainly in international roles in logistics and supply chain management. Prior to joining the company he was an officer in the German Armed Forces, serving in communications and IT.
“My goal is to make Capgemini more famous as a transformational partner for our clients, especially in these difficult market conditions. And that’s really by leveraging our global and international knowledge and experience, and combining that with our local capabilities in Australia,” he said.
Alf will focus on three key areas: Value chain optimisation; improving customer costs and experience.
“We are working with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) who have decided to conceptualise our Value Chain 2016 study for a specific one for Australia, and we will contribute to that and work together with the ALC,” he said.
The company will also be directing its focus for 2009 on a few dedicated partners, like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
Despite the current downturn, Alf said Australia represented a strong growth area for Capgemini.
“Currently, the Australian business is under-represented in our footprint. We have some other very strong senior people joining from Europe and also locally, so there is a lot of investment into this organisation and we really want to grow and further develop that,” he said. “In a nutshell, there is opportunity for growth.”