NZ strategy remains as new Unisys CEO comes on board

“There is no immediate impact on our local team and business."

Following the naming of Peter Altabef as new president and CEO, Unisys New Zealand country manager Steve Griffin insists its will be business as usual for the Kiwi arm of the company.

Effective January 1, 2015, Altabef comes to Unisys with more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in the IT industry, tasked with driving revenue growth and achieving strong financial performance across the business.

“There is no immediate impact on our local team and business,” Griffin says.

“We have recently signed some very exciting deals with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to modernise the national tenancy bond system and the NZ Transport Agency to modernise the Crash Analysis system which reflect the expertise of our team in New Zealand and the strength of our local business.

“We look forward to sharing our successes with Peter.”

Altabef was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of MICROS Systems, the enterprise applications, services and hardware company, and a member of its board of directors, from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.

He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Perot Systems from 2004-2009 until it was acquired by Dell, at which time he became President of Dell Services until his departure in 2011.

"This is an exciting moment to be joining Unisys,” Altabef says.

“I have long been impressed by the quality of services and solutions that Unisys brings to the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their increasingly complex and mission-critical IT challenges.”

According to Altabef, the aim of the game is to further accelerate the company’s progress, leverage growth opportunities and create added value for clients and shareholders, a strategy which has been backed by Griffin.

“Unisys has a very clear and focused business strategy based on using modern technologies to support mission critical processes and systems – i.e. those that an organisation can’t afford to fail,” he adds.

“This ranges from ensuring McDonald’s systems are running so that their restaurants can provide consistent and fast services to customers through to the mainframe services that run Inland Revenue’s tax systems.

“We will continue this strategy in 2015.”

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