blog Those of you following Delimiter back in August 2012 may recall that Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu made rather a big deal at the time about a new five year IT infrastructure and applications outsourcing deal which it had signed at the time with financial services giant Perpetual. Well, it appears that the outsourcing arrangement has gone well — so well, it appears, that Perpetual no longer believes it needs its chief information officer, Jenny Levy, who led the outsourcing effort and only took the role in January 2012. FST Media reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Jenny Levy, CIO at Perpetual has confirmed her role has been made redundant … Perpetual has combined its IT and operations function into the new role – General Manager, Information Technology – which will report to the Chief Financial Officer, a spokesperson confirmed.”
Now it doesn’t appear as if Levy’s too unhappy about the situation, and it also appears as though the executive has had several shortish roles over the past several years after a long-lived career at Westpac. We can’t blame the CIO for wanting a more diverse career — a decade inside Westpac’s IT division would be enough to send anyone loopy, from some of the stories we’ve heard over the years — but we have to note this isn’t a particularly good look for Perpetual. You don’t typically make executives redundant just after they’ve successfully delivered a major body of work for you. This kind of behaviour isn’t likely to have the effect of attracting other quality staff into your workforce.