Unisys appoints new A/NZ MD

Former Hewlett-Packard executive Steve Parker, has been appointed the new managing director, Australia and New Zealand, at Unisys.

He replaces Mike Ettling who will remain in the company as vice president, global outsourcing and infrastructure services Asia-Pacific.

Ettling had combined this role with that of manager for most of 2005.

Ettling joined Unisys in April 2004 as managing director Australia and New Zealand.

Parker joins Unisys from a long career at Hewlett-Packard. His most recent role was as director, enterprise sales, responsible for account management and sales across outsourcing services, and high volume products. He also played an active role during the merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, and after that merger in managing new teams and new business units.

He also has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Melbourne University of technology and is an MBA.

Unisys Asia Pacific vice president, Andrew Barkla, said the A/NZ business is the largest in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 2500 employees in the two countries.

"Our outsourcing and infrastructure services business, which remains under Mike's leadership, represents the largest services portfolio. We have therefore been working on a smooth succession plan for the Australia-New Zealand leadership position over the past months, and Steve's announcement sees that plan take effect," Barkla said.

"Under Mike's leadership, the Australia-New Zealand business has enjoyed good growth in revenue and profitability. We have seen new opportunities in the public sector, and have continued to develop our services in our financial services business process outsourcing utility.

"We have hired a number of senior sales and business development professionals this year in Australia, as part of our aggressive growth plans for the next three years. Mike and his team have also led the company in merging our outsourcing and infrastructure services businesses."

Unisys sees real opportunities in security, outsourcing and infrastructure services, especially in the public and financial services sectors.

"We know that many local businesses want to know that their organizations are secure - for their employees, their boards, their shareholders and their customers," he said.

"We are deploying our 3D Visible Enterprise framework, which provides visibility into organizational structures and the effects of IT investment, to provide this security. Steve will manage this continued aggressive growth in these services in this part of the world."

In New Zealand, Brett Hodgson and Glenn Bittle will continue in their respective roles of Southern Region and Northern Region managers, reporting to Parker.

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