It’s not quite a revolving door but it is not far from it. Capgemini has appointed Olaf Pietschner as Head of Capgemini in Australia and New Zealand, effectively its fourth local leader since 2013, when Deepak Nangia took over the role from Paul Thorley. Nangia was replaced by Nicolas Aidoud in 2016 who now makes way for Pietschner, formerly Chief Operating Officer for the region.

Nicolas Aidoud has decided to pursue new opportunities according to a statement from the company.

The last four years of instability compare unfavourably with Thorley’s tenure which lasted six years, between 2007 to 2013 after which he became CEO of APAC and the Middle East for Capgemini.

When Aidoud was appointed in 2016 a senior executive of the local Capgemini operation told Which-50 the Australian business unit was underperforming compared to its global company peers by 50 per cent. It is not clear how much of that Aidoud was able to claw back in his time.

Nothing to see here, people

But you wouldn’t know that from the company’s announcement.

“Asia Pacific is Capgemini’s fastest growing region and a top priority for the group as we continue to capitalise on the opportunities in this market. I would like to thank Nicolas for his leadership and his contribution to the Australian business,” said Luc-Francois Salvador, Executive Chairman of Capgemini in Asia Pacific and Middle East.

“Olaf has been a key member of our executive team and is a proven leader with extensive industry experience and operational expertise. As we move forward into the next phase of our continued transformation and growth,” he said.

The company says Pietschner, a 25 year industry veteran, has extensive experience in business, technology consulting and digital transformation which it says will strengthen Capgemini’s innovation agenda.

Pietschner joined Capgemini in May 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During that time he also lead the Energy & Utilities; Public Sector; and Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment business units. Prior to joining Capgemini, Olaf held key executive roles in both client and services organisations.

“With over 2000 employees working with our clients in the Top 50 ASX listed companies and major public sector organisations, we will continue to leverage our investments in Digital and Cloud, taking a client-centric approach to drive our clients’ innovation priorities for real business outcomes,” said Pietschner.

Prior to joining Capgemini, he held key executive roles at Origin Energy and News Corporation.

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