Capgemini has bagged BT’s head of retail services to run its operations.
Pierre Danon, chief executive of BT Retail, will be leaving BT in the New Year to take up the position of chief operating officer at Capgemini in Paris, where he will be responsible for 60,000 global staff. BT Retail employs 38,000.
Danon replaces Alexandre Haeffner at Capgemini, who will take up another board role. Danon starts his new job on 1 March 2005.
Danon joined BT in October 2000 and was appointed to the board in November 2001. He has overseen BT’s expansion in broadband services and taken the company back into the mobile market after the firm sold off its BT Cellnet business.
He began his professional career with Xerox, where he spent 20 years before moving to BT. BT said that under his leadership the retail arm had slashed costs by £800m a year.
In July Capgemini took over from EDS as IT service provider to the Inland Revenue, while BT is playing a central role in the national programme for IT in the NHS, acting as local service provider to London, supplying the N3 new national network and working on the national data spine.