Job interview prompts Capgemini to dismiss its chief operating officer

IT outsourcer Capgemini has removed its chief operating officer after he was interviewed for another job.

IT outsourcer Capgemini has removed its chief operating officer after he was interviewed for another job.

Capgemini has showed COO Pierre Danon the door, after only seven months in the job. Danon was appointed last November but he only arrived this March, after serving up his notice at BT, where he was managing director of the company’s retail division.

On 30 September, French newspaper Le Figaro had revealed that Danon had been interviewed for a top job at hotel chain Accor, along with other candidates.

After the report, Capgemini said it had agreed with Danon not to comment on the news until the end of last week. It then decided remove him from his post.

Capgemini said, “After having agreed with Danon that Capgemini would not instantly react to this surprising announcement, and having accepted to make no further comment until the end of the week, the group now notes that the necessary conditions to maintain his leadership position in the group could no longer be met."

Capgemini said Danon wanted to continue in his job at the company.

Danon began his professional career with Xerox where he spent 20 years, holding several high level posts, the most recent being chairman of Europe.

In October 2000, he joined BT, where he became a director of the board and managing director of BT Retail as the broadband market started to take off.

Capgemini said there were no plans to replace Danon in the coming months.

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