Global IT services giant Fujitsu has named Branko Panich the new Executive General Manager of Consulting for Australia and New Zealand.
Branko Panich joins Fujitsu from accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton, where he was partner and head of digital transformation. He brings over thirty years of experience in technology and consulting to the firm, including spells at CSC (where he was a senior partner), Deloitte (where he was a partner), as well as at Accenture and strategic consultancies Boston Consulting Group and Strategy&.
Outside of consulting, Panich spent several years in senior roles in the banking industry – including General Manager of Technology Strategy & Transformation at National Australia Bank and Head of IT Strategy at Westpac.
“Branko’s extensive consulting experience and in-depth expertise in driving digital transformation projects will be instrumental to our continued commitment to delivering value to our clients. His appointment fuels our ambition to continue growing the Fujitsu business as one of the leading ICT providers in the region, and I am thrilled to welcome him onboard,” said Graeme Beardsell, the CEO of Fujitsu in Australia and New Zealand.
In his new role role, Panich will lead Fujitsu’s consulting offerings, spanning digital transformation, ICT strategy, sourcing strategy, CIO advisory, ICT operating model, cost optimisation and change management, among others.
“A key area of focus is expanding expand Fujitsu’s existing consulting business to help customers accelerate their digital transformation goals, a proven differentiator to help drive growth in the market,” said Panich.
The appointment comes months after Fujitsu made its first local acquisition since 2009 with the purchase of data analytics specialist Versor. The Melbourne-based firm specialises in data engineering, advanced analytics and data sciences and is now part of Fujitsu Consulting.