30 October 2002
30 October 2002
STREAMLINING PROGRAMME UPDATE & BOARD CHANGES
Trading remains in line with 17 September Trading Statement
Following today's Board meeting Xansa, the Business Consulting, Information
Technology and Outsourcing company, announces the organisational and Board
changes which will underpin the streamlining programme. The core philosophy of
the new structure is to build the business around clients instead of the current
strategic business units. This will result in an overall structure organised by
key geographic regions and associated profit centres, namely: UK, North America,
Continental Europe and Asia Pacific. To address the exciting potential for
rapid growth in the Business Process Management (BPM) marketplace, a separate
BPM business unit will be maintained in order to establish a leading position in
this service on a worldwide basis, building on the successful BT contract won
earlier this year. Our significant investment in India will continue to play a
vital role in delivering growth in each of our business units and the new
structure will reflect the importance of the Indian operations to Xansa's
worldwide delivery capability.
As a consequence of this redesign of the company structure, a number of Board
changes are announced, to be effective from 1 January 2003. The announcement of
these changes now allows detailed organisation design within each business unit
to be concluded rapidly so that benefits may be captured as early as possible.
Current indications suggest that significant cost savings will be achieved from
this programme. Full details of the programme and the expected benefits will be
announced together with the interim results for the six months ended 31 October
2002 on 5 December 2002.
The Board changes, each reporting to the Chief Executive Alistair Cox, are:
Steve Weston, currently Managing Director, Systems Integration Business, will
become Managing Director, Xansa, UK. In this role, Steve will be responsible
for all Xansa client accounts based in the UK.
Allan Wood, currently Managing Director, Enterprise Solutions Business, will
become Managing Director, Business Process Management. This new market offers
significant potential for Xansa, exemplified by our £250m contract with BT, and
Allan will lead the worldwide development of this business.
Peter Gill will join the company and the Board on 1 January 2003 as Finance
Director. Peter, 47, is currently Chief Financial Officer of the Penguin Group,
the Consumer Books Publishing Division of Pearson plc. Penguin, which reported
turnover of £820 million and operating profit of £80 million in 2001, has its
principal offices in London and New York between which Peter divides his time.
Peter took up the appointment at Penguin in 2001 having joined Pearson plc in
1998 as Director, Financial Operations, with responsibility for group reporting,
financial planning and analysis, and group control. From 1993 to 1997 he was
Group Finance Director of Dorling Kindersley Holdings PLC, having been Group
Development Director of Abbott Mead Vickers PLC from 1987 to 1993. Peter is a
member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a
first class honours degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of
Geoffrey Dunn will be leaving Xansa, in order to pursue other interests, and has
resigned from the Board with immediate effect. The Board thanks Geoffrey for
his contribution and wishes him well for the future. Before Peter Gill joins
the company, Mark Thurston, Xansa's Financial Control Director, will assume
temporary responsibility for the Finance function with immediate effect,
reporting directly to the Chief Executive.
Lyn Barrat will continue in her role as Commercial Director, ensuring
commercially viable and innovative propositions are negotiated with clients.
Saurabh Srivastava will continue in his role as Executive Chairman, Xansa India.
The Indian operations form a key element of Xansa's worldwide service provision
and are increasingly relevant in the current market place.
Jo Connell has expressed a wish to retire from Xansa and, therefore, will
relinquish her role as Managing Director from 1 January 2003. However, Jo has
agreed to continue to work directly for the Chief Executive into 2003 to manage
the streamlining programme and to ensure a smooth transition to the new
organisation structure. She will remain on the Board during that time. Jo has
been with Xansa for twenty-five years and a director for the last eleven. Her
outstanding contribution has been a critical factor in the company's success to
date and the Board wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to her.
New appointments will be made to lead the North American, Continental European
and Asia-Pacific businesses, reporting to the Chief Executive, although these
will not be Board positions.
Trading remains in line with the statement made on 17 September 2002. Despite
the difficult environment, Xansa continues to maintain its strong market
position and recent major contract gains include the IT Outsourcing contract
with Boots worth up to a potential £90 million over seven years. Xansa has also
been nominated as a preferred supplier as part of a consortium for a £1.5
billion IT Outsourcing contract for Consignia.
Commenting on today's announcement, Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Xansa,
"I am pleased with the progress made to date on our streamlining programme.
With the senior reports now in place, we can proceed quickly to complete the
overall programme and accelerate our momentum for profitable growth, building on
our recent significant successes.
I am delighted to announce that Peter Gill will be joining Xansa in January.
His extensive background in financial management and investor relations, focus
on driving a return on capital and broad experience in integrating international
businesses will enable him to make a significant contribution to Xansa."
In accordance with paragraph 16.4 of the Listing Rules, no further details
regarding Mr. Gill are required to be disclosed under paragraph 6.F.2(b) to (g).
Chief Executive, Xansa
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Steve Stratton Giles Sanderson, Ben Atwell
Investor Relations Director, Xansa Financial Dynamics
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Xansa (www.xansa.com) is a company that transforms the business capability of
its clients by harnessing knowledge of selected industries and business
processes with proven skills in applying technology. Xansa has four key areas
of expertise: Business Consulting, Information Technology, Outsourcing and
Business Process Management, and operates in the UK, North America, Continental
Europe, India and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the London Stock
Exchange under the code XAN.L.
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