CSC loses Australian chief Larkings



news IT services giant CSC has issued a carefully worded statement noting that the long-time managing director of its Australian division, Gavin Larkings, has “left” the business and been replaced by a 15-year-veteran of IBM.

Larkings (pictured) was appointed to the role in March 2010, after he returned from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Previously, he was assigned as vice president of service delivery with CSC’s Managed Services Sector for Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions. He was previous vice president of service delivery in Australia, and has held several senior positions since he joined the company in 1999. His LinkedIn profile is available online.

The executive has a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney and a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking Management from Macquarie University Sydney, in addition to his new Harvard qualification.

In a statement issued yesterday, CSC noted that Larkings has “left CSC”. However, the company declined to provide any further details about the departure such as whether Larkings had resigned his position.

His replacement will be Seelan Nayagam, who will be responsible for driving growth for CSC and managing all operations in Australia and New Zealand. Nayagam will report to John Maguire, executive vice president and general manager for CSC global sales and marketing and regional operations.

Nayagam joins CSC following a 15-year career at IBM where he was most recently vice president and general manager of Application Services for its Asia-Pacific region. His background includes strategy and sales in high-growth markets including Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and South America. Nayagam was also previously with PeopleSoft Corporation, serving in a variety of roles from 1995 to 1999.

“CSC enjoys strong client relationships in Australia and New Zealand and we are excited to help our clients realise the benefits of partner-enabled, next-generation IT solutions,” Maguire said. “Seelan’s proven client focus and extensive experience in emerging and high-growth markets will be of great value for CSC as we build on our leadership and success in the region.”

CSC’s core markets in Australia are in areas such as resources and financial services, where the company typically wins major comprehensive IT outsourcing deals. It is one of the largest IT services groups in Australia, competing strongly with rivals such as IBM, HP and Fujitsu. However, the company has maintained a low profile down under of late, publicly announcing few local wins and not appearing to take a strong role in engaging in discussion on headline IT industry issues.

Not quite sure what happened here, but CSC certainly isn’t keen to discuss any further details of Larkings’ departure. Anyone with any inside information is very welcome to funnel it through Delimiter’s anonymous tips form.

Image credit: CSC


  1. I know there’s a restructure going on in CSC and it looks like he might be part of it, although I don’t know of any indepth details. Which is kinda funny considering they already had a restructure when the CEO got replaced a while back.

  2. Well here is a fellow that knows how to restructure and implement efficient budgets in a sensible way with a view to the long term. Gavin was also able to do with without blindly cutting staff.
    Unfortunately CSC’s strategic policies dictated from the USA is more a slash and burn mentality with an emphasis on the short term balance sheet. There is def a perception from within that its aimed at increases share price and executive bonuses.
    The general feeling is that Gavin Larkings was knifed due to his integrity and opposition to the US policies.
    Good luck to him, he is a decent man

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