Lord Birt, former Director-General of the BBC and – until last month – the Prime
Minister’s Strategy Adviser, has been appointed adviser to the Board of Directors
of Capgemini UK plc, the UK arm of one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting,
technology and outsourcing services. Lord Birt will advise the UK board on strategic issues, especially with regard to its efforts in the Public
Sector, as well as focus on supporting Capgemini’s Telecom, Media & Entertainment
practice in the UK and across Europe.
Lord Birt’s appointment has been approved, as required by Ministerial Code, by
Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell, acting on advice from the Independent Committee
on Business Appointments. Following the Committee’s recommendation, Lord Birt’s
Public Sector work for Capgemini will start in five month’s time (six months after
he left office).
Lord Birt has been the Prime Minister’s Strategy Advisor since leaving the BBC
in 2000 and a member of the Cabinet Office strategy board since 2003. He has also
held a number of posts in the private sector, including Chairman of Lynx Capital
Ventures 2000-2004; and he is an independent director of eBay’s PayPal Europe
Mark Porter, CEO of Capgemini UK plc, said: “Lord Birt’s top-level experience
will be of immense value to a business such as ours in which quality and originality
of thinking are key to commercial success. His strategic insights and leadership
skills will be of great value to our clients facing the challenges of transformation
– challenges which he has faced in many contexts and at the highest levels.”
Didier Bonnet, Managing Director of Capgemini’s Global Telecom, Media & Entertainment Sector,
added: “At a time when the telecom and media industries are converging, Lord Birt’s
experience of positioning the BBC successfully for the digital era, and his visionary
insights about the continuing impact of new technology, will be invaluable to
Lord Birt has spent most of his career to date in broadcasting, rising through
the ranks to positions of increasing responsibility. As Director-General of the
BBC, his reforms are widely credited with having saved the organisation from the
threat of privatisation, strengthened its news and current affairs, and prepared
it for the Internet.
About the Capgemini Group
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and
Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls
the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and
the achievement of tangible value, Capgemini helps businesses implement growth
strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration.
Capgemini employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide and reported 2004 global
revenues of 6.3 billion euros.
More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available
Tel.: +44 870 238 2491