Friday, 1 February 2013

Two more CSC senior executives disappear




Two more senior CSC Europe executives are standing down. Both were Presidents and members of the CSC European Management Board when CSC had Presidents and a European Management Board.

Gerhard Fercho, Head of Europe’s Central Region, which covers Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Eastern Europe,  has been removed from his position and  “asked to assume a new role”, to quote the CSC announcement.  The new role is unspecified, of course.  We will be surprised if Fercho assumes a real role in CSC again.

We do not see Mr Fercho’s removal as being detrimental to CSC.   He was viewed by many colleagues as  being difficult to work.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that Mr Fercho was found guilty of false testimony by a German court in 2011. We were surprised CSC did not ask him to stand down at that time. 

Another CSC senior executive on his way out is Steve Mitchener, Head of  Financial Services EMEA for the past 10 years. We understand he resigned of his own volition due to unhappiness with the current direction at CSC.  Unlike Fercho, we believe Mitchener’s departure could be a loss for CSC.  He has a reputation in the industry as an effective software sales executive, whose team’s licence sales regularly bolstered CSC Europe’s flagging profits. 

With these changes, most of the senior CSC executives in Europe have changed in the past 12 months or so.  Who will be next?

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great news! To be honest, I deeply wish my post here on Fercho's activities was read by Mike Lawrie and did some contribution to his exit! Fercho was a selfish person with ridiculous thoughts and attitude on leading a company, it's people and a bizarre understanding of company culture.

Anonymous said...

In German we have a quite matching phrase:

"Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall."

Anonymous said...

In a recent mail in the UK, Liz Benison told staff to take 5 days leave in Q1 to cut costs.

Is this even legal? She needs to be the next for the chop!

Anonymous said...

Mr Czechowski must have limited time left in his current post. Rumour is that he had to take a salary reduction to keep his current role.

It seems like Lawrie's unpublished objective is to transform regional governance into just financial and HR compliance, with the offerings having more global responsibility for staff. I wouldn't be surprised to see the VP&GM regional role disappear, along with the majority of regional overhead roles.

Anonymous said...

It speaks volumes for CSC's true ethical standards that they do not think it necessary to remove a top executive who has been convicted of perjury.

Anonymous said...

I understand that when he is done, Lawrie will be the only 'President' in CSC.

Anonymous said...

Fercho has a five year contract that still has two or three years to run. He will never go voluntarily and will now probably sit in a cupboard draining the corporate coffers until the contract expires. Hains & Co have a lot to answer for! Mitchener will be missed - he was knowledgeable, measured and successful...three reasons to get rid of him!

Anonymous said...

I wonder where the HR executive who ought to have done the background check on Fercho is? That is assuming proper professional HR procedures were followed.

As many of the senior execs who were hired and failed and then fired in the last few years must have been hired with HR's involvement are they culpable too? Or were they as is usual in CSC was bypassed by executives?
These are yet more serious questions for the Management Executive Committee of CSC to answer,

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...
In a recent mail in the UK, Liz Benison told staff to take 5 days leave in Q1 to cut costs.
Is this even legal? She needs to be the next for the chop!
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In Germany we were also requested to take 5 days in Q1 to avoid vacation accruals.

But we are free in vacation. planning. It cannot be dictaded by the employer!!!

Anonymous said...

This is true in india too.. Senior executives are getting bonuses and Developers are getting pissed of. People are Coming in office reading news paper and going home.
Daily Routine of our senior executive
Come office check mail . coffee Play TT Lucnh TT Tea Mail and Go back with Good bonus..

Anonymous said...

This is only the beginning of the purge of senior executives especially in Central Region. If they don't leave of their own accord, they will be forced out. Let's hope its done by end of March so that further resignations by key employees needed by the company to transform and succeed can be avoided.

Anonymous said...

Australia has a 'company shutdown' period for the last week of March and all employees not on billable work have been ordered to take leave. Even those with April leave with for the kids school holidays have had to bring it forward, and miss out on family time.

Anonymous said...

Fercho has already been removed from Management Overview on german CSC website: http://www.csc.com/de/ds/11444/13967-management_csc_in_deutschland

Anonymous said...

German IT-Press on Fercho's exit with report on confronting german HQ without being answered.
http://www.computerwoche.de/a/csc-hat-deutschland-chef-fercho-abgeloest,2532608
Oh, shit... s.o. noticed we changed the CEO before having an answer, and we've always thought that we can counter bad news before detected with good news, so no one would ask for reasons anymore afterwards...

Anonymous said...

I'm not really astonished by that. The management in EMEA is not able to tackle all the raising issues caused by the replacement of expensive locals with cheap 'offshore capacities'. @Offshore, they know how to handle those issues. Create more processes and handouts, what to do in case of a major incident. And, supplied with that valuable handout:

"...Please print the documents (A3 page size) and pin them in your work areas for ready reference. This has already been implemented by our colleagues at Hyderabad locations and has proved to be extremely useful and handy - expand the section below to view the pin ups 'in action'. ..."

CSC will be for sure successful in the future !

But to be honestly, that's not only a CSC problem. The first problem is, that in our days, IT managers don't come from IT. So they think, IT is just clicking 'ok' to install software and that's it. Second, that big companies have quarterly result oriented managers only, telling, IT isn't core competence of a company and it's much cheaper to run it offshore. And all decisions covered by the self-fulfilling prophecies of some 'research/consultant bla bla' companies. Third, our cool so called 'architects' who are driving the costs with useless technologies instead of listening to the REAL CLIENT and then provide the fast/reliant/cost saving solution rather than doing it the other way round: This is top of the art method/tool/whatever, so you have to use this unstable, slow but therefor expensive stuff...

Anonymous said...

hardware needs to outsourced and not people...

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