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By | Paul Kunert 17th March 2014 16:33

Logicalis taps up Fujitsu man as services overlord

Aston in as Wales PSN bidding war with BT heats up

A former Fujitsu slinger has strolled into Logicalis to take control of the UK services organisation and provide local country head Mark Starkey with one throat to choke.

At present, managed services director Tim Wadey, technical services director Mike Cummins and director of Wales Melanie Bishop - who runs the public sector network contract - report to Starkey.

But all three will now have a new boss to cosy up to in the form of Richard Aston, poached from the Japanese conglomerate where he was head of solutions and consulting.

Starkey told us the newly created overlord position, veep of services, will beef up the management team, adding "we are investing in capability".

There are nearly 400 people working for the Logicalis services organisation in Blighty so appointing an individual to muster the forces seems long overdue.

One area of the business that Aston will be tasked with closely monitoring is the PSN gig in Wales, which was re-tendered last year with bidding now down to the last two - Logicalis and BT.

The new contract award is set to occur at the back-end of the summer, with the current deal expiring at the end of November, and as the incumbent vendor since 2007 this is a massively important deal for Logicalis.

But with BT already throwing legals at the Scottish government over the lost PSN deal north of the border when a joint bid from Capita and Updata came out on top, delays for the new £100m multi-year contract are possible. ®

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