PwC appoints new IT head following dismissals

PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed a replacement head of IT following the dismissal of both its former IT general manager and network manager.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed a replacement head of IT following the dismissal of both its former IT general manager and network manager.

PwC Auckland managing partner John Harvey says the new IT head is Peter Cairncross, a former consultant within the company. No further appointments are pending, Harvey says.

Harvey says the company hasn’t yet decided whether a complaint will be laid with the police concerning the two dismissed IT staff.

Earlier this month PwC partner Peter Bauld told Computerworld the sackings were for “improper behaviour”. There has been speculation this relates to the awarding of a contract for networking gear in PwC’s new Auckland premises. Switch provider Foundry won the business, and the network was implemented by Interconnect, not Infinity Solutions, as was wrongly reported. Infinity sold Foundry equipment at the time the PwC contract was let last year but no longer lists Foundry on its website as a partner.

Interconnect general manager Alan Curtis says his company has a relationship with PwC going back more than a decade, when it installed 3Com equipment at what was then Coopers & Lybrand.

Cisco, Bay Networks, Xtreme and 3Com are also believed to have been considered for the network, and there was some surprise the deal wasn’t awarded to PwC global partner Cisco.

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