Paris (France), – 5 January 2007 – In line with the Group’s strategy around the I3 transformation plan - industrialisation, innovation, intimacy – announced at the end of 2006, Paul Hermelin, CEO of the Capgemini Group, has implemented a new European structure and made several new appointments in order to strengthen his Management Team.
Salil Parekh has been named Executive Chairman of India. His main responsibilities will be integrating Financial Services activities of Kanbay International – once the acquisition has been confirmed -, driving growth for Capgemini in India, as well as developing the local market. Salil Parekh was previously CEO of the Project & Consulting Services unit in North America.
Baru Rao will remain CEO of Capgemini India.
In North America, Lanny Cohen succeeds Salil Parekh as CEO for Project & Consulting Services. His role will be to continue the recovery in North America to turn the Group into a market leader in this market and to support the integration of Kanbay International operations, outside of Financial Services, once the acquisition has been confirmed. Lanny Cohen was formerly in charge of Project & Consulting Services for the East region in North America.
Gilles Taldu has been named Director of Outsourcing Services Europe, reporting to Paul Spence, the Group’s Director of Global Outsourcing. Gilles was previously Capgemini’s Global Delivery Director.
François Hucher succeeds Gilles Taldu as Global Delivery Director, reporting to Nicolas Dufourcq, Group CFO.
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Henk Broeders, CEO of Capgemini CEA
Henk started his career in computerisation in 1973 at Dow Chemicals Nederland. Moving to Volmac in 1980, he held various positions in computerization and management. In 1992, Henk was appointed General Director of IQUIP Informatica BV, a daughter company of Cap Gemini N.V.
In May 1998, Henk became member of the Cap Gemini N.V. Executive Board. Following Cap Gemini’s takeover of Ernst & Young Consulting in 2000, Henk entered the position of Managing Director of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in the Benelux on 1 October 2000. As of January 1 2004, Henk holds the position of Managing Director Cap Gemini Strategic Business Unit Continental Europe and Asia Pacific. He is also member of the Executive Committee Capgemini S.A.
Lanny Cohen, CEO for North America Project & Consulting Services
Lanny Cohen holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. A Certified Systems Professional, he is a graduate of the executive leadership programs at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Lanny was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, prior to the merger of its consulting business with Capgemini in 2000. He served on E&Y's Consulting Services Executive Committee for several years prior to and at the time of the merger. Lanny has held various national, industry and service line leadership roles over his 28-year Capgemini career. Cohen was most recently the business unit leader in charge of Project & Consulting Services for the East region in North America across 15 states since June 2005. He was also the 2003/2004 chairman of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF), and was named one of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Consultants for 2004 for his work at Capgemini and his industry leadership through AMCF
Philippe Donche-Gay, CEO of Capgemini West Europe
Philippe Donche-Gay graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Stanford. Before joining Capgemini, Philippe Donche-Gay spent 11 years with IBM where he held various managerial posts in France and in the United States.
He joined the Group’s international leadership team in 1994. As of 1996, he took part in the creation of the global Capgemini Telecom, Média & Networks entity, becoming its CEO in 2001. In 2004, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini France.
Member of the Group Executive Committee, he maintains his coordination role for Capgemini’s Technology Services.
François Hucher, Global Delivery Director
François Hucher graduated from the Ecole Centrale in Paris. As an engineer he started as a consultant for the French Tax Administration. He moved to the role of Programme Manager, responsible of the build and run oflarge IT systems for the French Télécom Administration (now France Telecom) and numerous Bankingorganizations François joined Capgemini in 1988 where he managed during ten years the Capgemini subsidiary in charge of the Finance sector. He became Corporate Development manager, in charge of acquisitions and review of the largest business deals in the Capgemini Group. He has been appointed in 2003 as Group Support Services Director in charge of IT, Telcos and Procurement.
Salil Parekh, Executive Chairman of India
Salil Parekh has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Salil was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, prior the merger of its consulting business with Capgemini in 2000. Member of the founding team of Capgemini’s India office, he was Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India in 1998. In 2002, Salil became Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini’s Asia/Pacific business. He was then appointed Head of Capgemini’s global Technology Services business. Salil helped in the restructuring and turnaround of the business as Chief Operating Officer of the North America Project and Consulting business from early 2005 and Chief Executive Officer from 2006.
Gilles Taldu, Director of Outsourcing Services Europe
Gilles Taldu is a French engineer, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. He began his career as a civil servant in charge of industrial matters and served as special adviser to the Minister of Industry, Minister of Finances and Prime Minister. From there, Gilles joined Thomson in 19XX, a world leader in consumer electronics, where he led various BtoB operations. In 1994, he was appointed chairman and CEO of Thomson Broadcast Systems. In 1997, he entered Thomson Executive Committee and took the lead of the Displays & Components operations.
In 2003, Gilles Taldu joined Capgemini as Group Delivery Manager. This new position aims at ensuring a reliable and cost effective delivery. Gilles deployed the Rightshore™ strategy of the Group and grew Capgemini India by 6 000 people over 3 years.