SHL SYSTEMHOUSE NAMES U.S. CHAIRMAN AND CEO
SHL SYSTEMHOUSE NAMES U.S. CHAIRMAN AND CEO NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SHL Systemhouse, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SHKIF), emerging as the global leader in the computer systems management industry, today announced the appointment of James K. Burns as chairman and chief executive for the United States.
Burns, 44, who comes to SHL Systemhouse after more than 20 years in management positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Andersen Consulting, will assume his new responsibilities on April 16, 1992. "Since my arrival at SHL Systemhouse last summer, it has always been my intention to assemble the best systems integration and outsourcing management team in the world," said John Oltman, worldwide SHL Systemhouse chairman and CEO. "Without a doubt, Jim is the foremost information technology executive in the United States. We have now added one of the defining elements that will enable us to achieve our goal to expand as a global firm from our strong base across North America. "His mandate will be to build the business in key commercial markets such as New York, Chicago and Dallas through internal growth and selected acquisitions, and expand SHL Systemhouse's full set of computer systems integration and outsourcing services to clients across the country. In addition, Jim will head the U.S. business and chair the U.S. management board." Oltman said Burns will also help provide direction to the company's worldwide systems integration business as a member of the company's worldwide executive council. In explaining his decision to leave Goldman, Sachs & Co., Burns said: "Anyone who has paid attention to SHL Systemhouse will see it as a firm on the leading edge of client/server technology. I want to help shape its future as a strong, dynamic company with unmatched capability not just in North America but globally." According to Burns, "SHL Systemhouse has the solutions. They have exceptional business expertise in a number of important sectors, including telecommunications, financial services, postal operations, energy, engineering and logistics." David A. George, Goldman, Sachs Partner in charge of Operations, Technology and Finance, said: "Jim made a great contribution to Goldman, Sachs. He's an outstanding information technology senior executive with extraordinary professional integrity -- a first class team player all the way." George F. (Rick) Adam, Goldman, Sachs Partner in charge of Operations and Technology, who was responsible for bringing Burns to Goldman, Sachs in 1988, said: "Jim was one of the keys to the world class progress that we've made at Goldman, Sachs. Although we'll miss him, we wish him well and look forward to being one of his first clients." Andrew Bart, President of Systemhouse Inc., remains responsible for SHL Systemhouse's existing complex systems integration business in the United States, and remains a member of the company's worldwide executive council. He will report to Burns. "Over the past number of years, Andy has clearly succeeded in making Systemhouse a force in systems integration in the U.S., particularly in postal, human services, and other public sector markets across the country," Oltman added. "Jim Burns and Andy Bart will work extremely close as a team to expand SHL Systemhouse's full services to a wide range of commercial and public sector clients." Burns agreed: "Andy has an excellent track record in the United States, and I am looking forward to working with him. As one of the great resources of this company, Andy and I will work to build on this track record." Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1947, Burns holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. As Vice President, Information Technology and Software Development for Goldman, Sachs since 1988, Burns had global responsibility for systems development and operations, including data centers, telecommunications, human resources and vendor relationships. During his tenure at Goldman, Sachs, Burns and his team helped guide the company's transition from the mainframe-based applications to client/server applications. Burns and his team were also responsible for making Goldman, Sachs a leader in information technology, and establishing strategic vendor relationships with Microsoft, Intel, SUN, Sybase, DEC, IBM, Oracle, Sequent, Stratus, Dell, Peoplesoft, and Dun & Bradstreet Software. He also personally organized a joint venture relationship with a leading Japanese vendor, resulting in a major development for a new market data service at Goldman, Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs, Burns spent 16 years with Andersen Consulting in positions of increasing responsibility. As Worldwide Head of Systems Integration with Andersen, Burns was a key member of a management group of 20 partners who guided the direction of the consulting practice. Burns also exhibited his skills within the Chicago Consulting Group where he served as Head of Manufacturing Industry Group and as Firmwide Head of Process Industry Manufacturing. In addition to his post as Midwest Head of Advanced Technology Group of 450 professionals, he is also well-remembered for the IMPACT exhibits (the largest System Integration exhibit ever presented at a trade show) and for his innovative leadership in establishing the first of six eventual System Integration Centers, which focused on excellence in engineering, logistics and manufacturing. As one of the largest systems integrators and outsourcing organizations in the world, SHL Systemhouse is a leader in re- engineering business processes through information technology. With particular expertise in network-intensive applications employing workstation technologies, the company has an unparalleled reputation for delivering cost-effective, time compressed solutions. With well over 3,000 employees, SHL Systemhouse -- headquartered in Ottawa, Canada -- has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C., as well as in Europe and South America. In 1991, it posted revenues of nearly $700 million. Executive Profile of James K. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive For The United States, SHL Systemhouse Inc. Overview -- Twenty years of Information Technology and team building experience with two of the most prominent organizations in the United States -- Goldman, Sachs and Andersen Consulting. Over the last 10 years of his career, Burns successfully applied his operations management skills and has demonstrated a strong bottom line orientation. -- He is a well-known and recognized individual who is considered by his peers to be a true visionary within the Information Technology field. His ability to attract customers, people, companies and vendor cooperation is unparalleled. Goldman, Sachs (1988-Present) -- Senior Vice President (Most Senior IT Executive) -- Information Technology and Software Development, Data Center, and Telecommunications Andersen Consulting (1972-1988) -- Worldwide Head of Systems Integration -- Head of Midwest Advanced Technology Group (450 professionals) -- Head of Computer-Integrated-Manufacturing Leadership Group -- Head of Chicago Manufacturing Group (450 professionals) -- Firmwide Head of Process Industry Manufacturing Experience and Qualifications -- Broad Industry experience includes Chemical Manufacturing, Defense, Financial Services, Government, Health Care, and Oil. Proven strategic planning and operations management expertise; people management and company-wide team-building skills. Recognized as a leader and subject matter expert in his field. Frequent guest speaker on the topic of Information Technology. Goldman, Sachs -- As vice president of Information Technology and Software Development, Burns had global responsibility for operations, including data centers, telecommunications, human resources, and vendor relationships. He played a major role in the transition of Goldman, Sachs from a mainframe-based environment to client/server applications. -- Technology Leadership -- Burns and his team helped make Goldman, Sachs a Wall Street leader in Information Technology. He played a key role in hiring and developing a new management team within a two-year period -- which now accounts for three-quarters of the entire management group. -- Strategic Alliances -- As the leader in establishing key vendor strategic relationships with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, 3-Com, Sybase, DEC, IBM, Oracle, and SUN, Dell, Sequent, Peoplesoft, and Dun & Bradstreet Software. Burns has developed strong relationships with leading senior executives of these organizations. Burns creatively involved vendors to help provide solutions such as Sybase replication services. Andersen Consulting -- Burns spent 16 years with Andersen Consulting in positions of increasing responsibility. His vision and capabilities helped established the firm as an industry leader in providing state-of-the-art Information Technology solutions to prominent domestic, foreign and international organizations. -- Strategic Vision -- As Worldwide Head of Systems Integration, he was a key member of a management group of 20 partners whose mandate was to guide the direction of the consulting practice. Burns reported directly to the Worldwide Managing Partner. -- Leadership -- In the Chicago Consulting Group he also served as Head of Advanced Technology Group, with more than 450 consultants and 15 partners; Head of Manufacturing Leadership Group; and Firmwide Head of Process Industry Manufacturing. Accomplishments -- Well-known for originating a state-of-the-market Systems Integration exhibit called "Impact" - Computer Integrated Manufacturing, which led to the establishment of a year-round center for integrated technology to show to prospective clients of Andersen Consulting. -- Integrated advanced technology from 35 vendors...one of the most successful marketing activities at Andersen in 15 years, creating numerous and significant marketing opportunities for the firm -- featured in Business Week magazine. -- Played a key role in organizing and establishing the market data joint venture between Goldman, Sachs and the following leading Wall Street firms: Salomon, First Boston, Morgan Stanley, Shearson and Citicorp. Personally organized a joint venture relationship with a leading Japanese vendor, resulting in a major development effort for a new market data service at Goldman, Sachs. Integrated the domestic and international Information Technology groups, resulting in significant benefits with software and technical expertise sharing, and knowledge transfer. Achieved more rapid development of capability and functionality systemwide and realized a marked reduction of worldwide systems development and hardware costs. At the request of regulatory authorities, Goldman, Sachs was asked to help absorb Drexel's Mortgage Back Securities transaction that exceeded $22 billion in value. He personally spearheaded the effort of 100 information technology personally working shifts around the clock for a week to help absorb this major event. -0- 4/6/92 /CONTACT: Harry W. Schlough, senior vice president of SHL Systemhouse, 416-366-4600/ (SHKIF) CO: SHL Systemhouse Inc. ST: New York IN: SU: PER
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