Fujitsu launches assault on financial services market

Former Gartner consultant to lead the push

Fujitsu Consulting is planning a major assault on the Australian financial services sector in 2008 following its recent acquisition of local consulting firm, Chartres Business Solutions.

Fujitsu has invested heavily in recent months to build up its financial services and business transformation expertise as part of a strategic push to complement its existing capabilities in enterprise architecture, strategy and enterprise value management.

Part of this investment has been the appointments of ex Gartner principal consultant Stephen Walker as principal of the financial services division and Czes Szaryck, previously with Accenture, as principal consultant with a focus on risk management.

The acquisition of Chartres's specialised advisory services and consulting methodologies, and the retention of its directors as senior executives within Fujitsu Consulting, have been key to Fujitsu's plan to expand its financial services arsenal, according to the company's executive general manager, Martin North.

The new financial services team will be led by Stephen Walker, a former principal consultant who led the financial services industry practice at research firm Gartner.

Walker will be supported by Brendon Tresize who has 25 years of experience, leading IT architect Les Schumer, as well as change management and process re-engineering specialist, Bernie Dilger.

At Accenture Czes Szarycz advised leading banks and regulators across Asia and Australia on risk frameworks.

Fujitsu Consulting is the management consulting arm of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand with over 110 consultants locally.

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