Great expectations on new Fujitsu head

Fujitsu has appointed a new New Zealand general manager, Christopher Brice, five months after pulling back management responsibilities to Australia.

Fujitsu has appointed a new New Zealand general manager, Christopher Brice, who is former head of the company’s services business.

His appointment follows the departure of managing director Bill Beale in January, and the pulling back of management responsibilities to Australia.

But Australia boss Phil Kerrigan says that doesn't signal a scaling back of the company in New Zealand.

“We’ve been quietly letting people go in New Zealand and also quietly hiring,” Kerrigan says. It’s been a matter of needing new skills to tackle the e-services and CRM markets; where senior engineers, for example, have preferred to take a redundancy payment rather than retrain, they’ve been “let go”.

He wants Brice to take the company to number one or two in the market, from its present eighth, within three years.

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