Jim McKenna, one of the country’s most influential HR professionals, has
been made chief executive of merged technology company LogicaCMG’s UK and
The appointment of McKenna, 47 – formerly group HR director of Logica –
follows its merger with rival CMG at the end of December.
A spokesman for LogicaCMG said as group HRD, McKenna already had operational
responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, so moving up to head the UK
operation, which employs 7,000 people, was a natural step.
"Most of the critical challenges coming up are about integrating both
organisations as well as ensuring the ongoing robustness of the business,"
"It is powerful that we now have a guy with such an HR background and
an understanding of integration in charge."
In November, when the merger was announced, Logica said it planned to shed
1,400 jobs worldwide, but no decisions had yet been made on what jobs, if any,
would go in the UK, said the spokesman.
As group HRD, McKenna was Britain’s fourth highest business earner in 2001
and was listed third in last year’s Personnel Today list of top 40 people in