Monday, 18 November 2013

More disappearings at CSC?

In the past we have mentioned that CSC seems to be prone to what are known in South America as 'disappearings'. This is when someone who was around yesterday is not around today. In South American regimes it is because the government has a hand in it.
But what about when senior execs in CSC who were said to be good performers with lots of company publicity to back them suddenly disappear off the radar?

Any disappearings cause rumours to flourish which is why we wonder why Mr Lawrie allows the 'disappearing' of senior execs to go unremarked. After all if they are no good and were part of CSC's down fall he should say so, or if they left for genuine differences of opinion he should be adult about it and say so. If he took the action to remove them for poor performance he should proudly announce to world that he has done this and that it is part of his plans for CSC. That way he would gain credibility at a trying time for CSC. He would also gain the confidence of its employees. 

However, what does Mr Lawrie have to say about; Joachim Lauterbach who was good enough to be appointed as stand-in for leadership of CSC Germany but has now disappeared, and Siki Giunta who was in many press statements by CSC in the past, even as recently as 2012 as being announced as 'among women worth watching' who has also disappeared?

As things stand many senior employees must be wondering if they will get a 'mid-night knock on the door' soon.

We leave the final words to Wikipedia:
Disappearances work on two levels: not only do they silence opponents and critics who have disappeared, but they also create uncertainty and fear in the wider community, silencing others who would oppose and criticise. Disappearances entail the violation of many fundamental human rights. For the disappeared person, these include the right to liberty, the right to personal security and humane treatment (including freedom from torture), the right to a fair trial, to legal counsel and to equal protection under the law, and the right of presumption of innocence among others. Their families, who often spend the rest of their lives searching for information on the disappeared, are also victims.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why don't they get mentioned? Because this is Rumour Control and no news that can be perceived as bad can be allowed to make the newswire.

In fact, very little makes it to the newswire these days.

It's clearly a very deliberate tactic, it clearly works too - the market are lapping it up.

Whisperings have it that some are saying that GuidedInsights is the only place employees can find out about what their own employer is doing because their is no other news source in CSC.

I'm sure sooner or later they will all be dragged off to Room 101 for having read this page.

Anonymous said...

Who cares? A coup d'Etat is to take off from power a clic and replace it by a new clic. Everytime this happens all structures are shaken and the ones at the bottom pay the consecuences of a selfish regime replaced by a psychopatic one. I don't feel sorry for the ones dissapearing at the top... they have a full compensation layoff, extra money for their priviledged command seat for sinking the ship, additional bonuses and even pensions paid by CSC. On the other hand the ones I feel pity for their dissapearance are paying the consequences of such a selfish behavior with miserable compensations (IF ANY!), and a kick in the butt for decades of faithful service.

Anonymous said...

Lauterbach probably had to go because of difference with Mr Schuenemann, nepotism and a lot of talking without walking.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lauterbach was one of the less, who was walking, acting and talking openminded. the rest of the seniors in germany has heads too big for their bodys, no results, no sales, no new projects - it´s a rotten company. now they plan to close the consulting division. they mean, that outsourcing is more profitable in germany (may they forgot the lost IBM deal in november). I haven't laughed so hard in years! this company is damned for bankruptcy... good luck to my former colleagues.

Anonymous said...

Mike Gaffney has been flogged and terminated, the Cargill re-compete lost and now Wells notices received. And yet no comment from CSC. Why?

Another question is why CSC's general counsel Bill Deckelman survives? He was present for NHS and many of the existing problems. Rumor has it that many of the problems with CSC's outsourcing contracts arose under the supervision of his hand-picked attorneys that he brought to CSC with him from ACS. Mr Lawrie has been quick to terminate many of his direct reports but not Mr. Deckelman. Does Mr Deckelman have a hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil mentality? Who knows? Only time will tell.

Anonymous said...

And now another of Lawrie's hand picked henchmen (henchwoman?) has suffered a disappearance, although this one was acknowledged, as Sunita Holzer, EVP of Human Resources, was abruptly thrown out the door. There will be no sorrow within CSC to see her go, since she was the architect of the miserable change in human resources policy that has refined apathy to a fine art. (S)he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword . . .

With all the chaos in the ranks of senior leadership, Mr. Lawrie's skill at creating a high performance management team is certainly in question. It's one thing to purge the old guard, but when you have to start whacking out your own thugs . . .

Also interesting note above by Anonymous on 12/15 . . . why do certain members of the old guard survive? Granted, there aren't but a couple of them, and the ones that remain are just as irresponsible and incompetent as the ones who are gone. Do they have a special leverage over Lawrie, is Lawrie exhibiting more of his lack of ability to build a true leadership team, or with all the other whackings he's had to attend to, has he just not gotten around to providing them with that knock on the door in the middle of the night yet? I suppose time will tell. The real shame is that he is leaving in place middle to senior middle level people who put CSC in the toilet in the first place, and they are ultimately going to be the cause of Mr. Lawrie's demise.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Mr. Lauterbach was only part of the above mentioned: talking! The same phrases every quarter - it took him 12 (in words: TWELVE) months to come up with a VISION (not a strategy) for the FS Vertical. And if you think, that he "accidentally" brought his in-law to the company, at first as his personal executive assistant, only, but then promoted him up to Vertical Head of Public Sector without the poor guy having any experience with consulting and clients, whatsoever, you might want to reconsider, as he pulled the same show with his new employer - just google the two guys and you will understand. How badly CSC wanted to get rid of him, you can see from the fact that they did not open up a compliance investigation but rather gave him some big bucks to leave.
Just my two cents.