Baker loses top spot at Infinity

The formation of computing services group Infinity Solutions earlier this month has seen Ross Baker, former chief executive of the Infinity Group, effectively work himself out of a job.

The formation of computing services group Infinity Solutions earlier this month has seen Ross Baker, former chief executive of the Infinity Group, effectively work himself out of a job.

Baker last week declined to comment on the reasons for his departure, referring Computerworld to Patsy Reddy of Active Equities, chair of the Inifinty Group.

Baker initiated the formation of the Infinity Solutions unit – an exercise known internally as “Project Jigsaw”. But as the new shape emerged, says Reddy, “we found there was too much management at corporate level.”

With Murray McCaw, managing director of constituent company Comtex, appointed as head of Infinity Solutions, the Infinity Group did not need a head at the group level, she says. Management at this level has been divided functionally among McCaw and other senior managers, Stuart Robb, Stuart Stitt and Jon Hartley.

“We talked to Ross about whether there was anything he could do within the group,” says Reddy, but eventually decided it was better to part company.

“We’ll hopefully be talking to him in the new year, but not in terms of his rejoining the group,” she says.

“I’ll be taking a holiday,” says Baker, “and then going back to consulting on my own.” Reddy says the Infinity group may use Baker’s consultancy skills at some stage. Baker says he is willing to fill such a role; “relations between us are still friendly”.

Infinity Solutions bundles together the major service-oriented parts of the group, Trilogy Business Systems, Madison Systems and the Comtex Group. These companies fit better as a unit where they can complement one another’s strengths, Reddy says. Most of the remaining companies in the group – now more loosely drawn together as Infinity Systems - are smaller-scale software developers, which work better on their own, she says.

A third entity, Infinity Ventures, has as its sole current member e-see, a web-based brand management and distribution company.

“We see the Infinity Group as quite a dynamic structure,” says Reddy. “It’s already very different from the way it looked [when it was founded] in May, and we want to preserve that flexibility.”

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