Logica

Making sense of IT

Logica is a U.K.-based provider of business consulting, systems integration, and IT and business process outsourcing solutions.  The firm has operations in 36 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa.  It serves a number of industries, including automotive, space and defense, energy and utilities, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecom and media, transport, and the public sector.  Logica can claim some impressive milestones from its work.  It was responsible for the descent and landing software used by the space programs of every country in Europe so far, and its solutions have been implemented in one-third of the world's satellites.  And the trivia geeks out there will be interested to know that the firm's financial systems are used in the transfer of sums every day that equal the annual GDP of the U.S.

Logica, in its present state, is the result of the 2002 merger of telecom specialist CMG, founded in 1964, and IT firm Logica, founded in 1969.  Both companies were publicly traded, and both had a solid history and global scope.  Initially, the combined entity was known as LogicaCMG, although the name was shortened to Logica in February 2008 in an effort to unify the identity of the firm under a single brand.  During its time as LogicaCMG, the firm made a pair of significant acquisitions, picking up French IT services provider Unilog in January 2006, and Swedish IT consultancy WM-Data in August 2006.  The additions made it the seventh-largest IT services company in Europe, in terms of revenue.  

Major shakeup

Around the time the firm dropped CMG from its name, some of its office nameplates changed as well.  In September 2007, CEO Martin Read stepped down after 14 years, retiring largely because of shareholder dissatisfaction over a revenue drop of almost 10 percent, despite the company's aggressive expansion in 2006.  In further 2007 ripples, Chairman Cor Stutterheim and board member George Loudon also chose to retire.

The abrupt changes resulted in something of an interregnum at the firm, with Chief Operating Officer Jim McKenna filling in at the helm until Andy Green from BT Global Services was brought in, officially becoming CEO in January 2008.  At the end of that month, McKenna himself announced that he would leave Logica the following September.  The firm seemed to be suddenly on shaky legs, and speculation about possible takeovers began stirring among analysts.  Green dismissed those, telling Reuters in October 2007, "I wouldn't have joined if it was to sell the company."

Green hasn't wasted too much time in bringing his own people in to fill empty positions.  First in was new CIO Laurent Allard, who arrived in October 2008 fresh from the same role at AXA Technology Services.  Future hires, meanwhile, should be smoothed out by new Group HR Director Stephen Kelly, whose appointment was unveiled in November 2008.  He joined the firm, having previously served as the head of BBC People, the HR wing of the U.K. national broadcaster.

The changes pile up

The last couple of years have been transformative for Logica, to say the least.  In February 2007, it sold its telecom products business to an investment consortium led by Atlantic Bridge Ventures for £265 million.  Although Logica has a powerful legacy in the industry, it invented SMS text messaging, it determined that the business was not ideally aligned with that of the consulting and IT segments.  Of course, it couldn't have helped that telecom revenue was down for the year.  Logica went on to divest other noncore operations in 2007, including a printing facility in Portugal, an automotive staffing business in Detroit, a small IT services business in Austria and the former WM-data operation in Germany.



Logica


250 Brook Drive
Green Park
Reading RG2 6UA
Phone: (0)207 637 9111
Fax: (0)207 468 7006
www.logica.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: LOG
  • Stock Exchange: Euronext, LSE
  • CEO: Andy Green
  • 2010 Employees: 40,000

Major Office Locations

  • Reading, United Kingdom

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