Fujitsu Consulting Signals Major Push into Financial Services

Sydney - 30 November 2007

Fujitsu Consulting, already recognised for its leading work in the mortgage industry in Australia, has confirmed its plans to become a major player in the Australian financial services sector in 2008, in the wake of 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 key 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 highly-respected directors as senior executives within Fujitsu Consulting, have been key to Fujitsu's plan to expand its financial services arsenal.

"The integration of the Chartres team, along with the appointment of Stephen and Czes, gives Fujitsu Consulting an impressive range of capabilities and experience in the financial services space, significantly enhancing our Business Transformation offerings," said Fujitsu Consulting'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 Gartner. Mr Walker has over 15 years' strategic business and IT management experience with multinationals in Australia, Hong Kong and Europe, including expertise in IT and business alignment and strategy, organisational review, strategic sourcing, process engineering and governance, and critical program management.

As head of Fujitsu Consulting Financial Services, his role is to focus Fujitsu's extensive range of offerings into a connected and integrated industry solution set that represents a compelling proposition for financial services organisations.

Mr Walker is ably supported in this vision by a formidable team of lead consultants drawn from across the industry, including three former directors from Chartres and a proven performer from a high profile consulting firm.

Brendon Tresize has a reputation for delivering practical, business focused IT strategies, drawing on his 25 years experience spanning all aspects of IT to provide a bridge between business and technical staff. His core competencies include IT strategy development, enterprise architecture, IT assessment and change management. More importantly, his advanced capabilities in leadership, influence and communications enable him to position and achieve strategic outcomes to support the business objectives.

Les Schumer is recognised as one of Australia's leading IT architects, offering specific expertise in industrial process control, robotics, telemetry, strategic planning and programme management. With over 20 years experience in ICT, he has led numerous enterprise projects for major financial services clients seeking to reorient themselves towards the online delivery of customer-centric solutions.

Bernie Dilger is renowned for his vision and leadership in developing efficient and effective solutions to business problems, drawing on 20 years experience in business strategy and management. With core competencies in strategic planning, change management, process re-engineering, business and IT architecture, business restructuring and systems integration, he has a proven record in innovation and delivery of critical financial services solutions.

Czes Szarycz is an exceptional business transformation expert with extensive experience in risk, performance management and transformation gained across the financial services and telecommunication industries. As a senior manager with Accenture, he advised leading banks and regulators across Asia and Australia on risk frameworks covering both credit and operational risk and has taught on business transformation in Australia and the US.

"We are tremendously excited about the quality and depth of the financial services team we have put together and believe our knowledge and capabilities are unparalleled within Australia," said Mr North.

"We look forward to empowering our financial services clients by applying our proven expertise to design and implement practical and measurable solutions that support their business goals and deliver a clear advantage in this highly competitive sector."

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