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Mike Barber departs as leader of NEC Australia

Mike Barber departs as leader of NEC Australia

Australian operation to become more "aligned" with global

Mike Barber

Mike Barber

Mike Barber has vacated his role as managing director of NEC Australia, having held the position for the past year.

Barber has been with the company since 2011 when he joined as a general manager for services, holding many leadership roles including joining the board as an executive director in January 2014.

In April 2016, he stepped in as chief executive later becoming managing director in 2018. According to NEC Australia, Barber left the company on 29 March.

"Mike was a valued member and leader of the NEC Australia executive management team, and NEC APAC region over the years," a spokesperson said in a statement sent to media outlets on 8 April.

"Mike led and transformed NEC Australia to be one of the largest high technology companies in Australia. Under his leadership NEC Australia won numerous major deals with Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. NEC thanks Mike for his leadership and contribution to NEC Australia."

The company said that following transformation changes to the business and the introduction of a new line of business model "a change in leadership approach into a new financial year was also appropriate".

Tadashi Takahama will be acting managing director as the company searches for a replacement, while also continuing in his role as chief financial officer.

NEC said that the Australian operation will "become more directly aligned with the global headquarters in Japan.

"A new approach being adopted by NEC’s operations from this month aims at it becoming an even more agile, productive and attractive company for its growing customer base globally," the company said.

In June 2018, the management of the Biometric Identification Services (BIS) project, which was awarded to NEC Australia in April 2016 and worth $52 million was terminated.

The project was later found to deficient in "almost every significant respect" following a report from the Australian National Audit Office into the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s (ACIC) administration of the BIS project.

The report found that the total expenditure on the project was $34 million and none of the project’s milestones or deliverables were met.

After the report was revealed, NEC Australia said it was not the systems integrator but the contractor for the Biometric Identification Services (BIS) project.

“NEC has delivered many similar projects around the world successfully, often for Government and in most cases as Project Lead/Systems Integrator," a spokesperson said.

“In this project however, NEC was not the systems integrator, but the contractor. NEC was ready to hand over the BIS project for systems testing when the project was terminated."


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