Unisys Beefs Up Executive Roster

Unisys appointed two new top-level executives this week, hiring Andy Stafford as the company's new senior vice president of services, a day after the company said Inder M. Singh would join as senior vice president, and chief marketing and strategy officer.

The two are Unisys' latest in a list of over 20 appointments the solution provider has made since CEO Peter Altabef took control of the then-struggling company in January 2015, then soon after announced a $300 million company-wide restructuring that would cut 8 percent of Unisys’ workforce.

The two new executives at the Blue Bell, Pa.-based company - No. 19 on CRN's Solution Provider 500 - will report directly to Altabef.

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Stafford will start at his newly appointed position April 19. He will be charged with leading the company's global services delivery organization, which provides integrated solutions in security, cloud and infrastructure, applications and business process services, according to a statement from Unisys.

Stafford, according to a statement from Unisys, was most recently a senior managing director at Accenture, where he headed a team of more than 100,000 across the globe. He also served as chief operating officer for Xchanging Procurement Services, chief technology officer at Virgin Group and partner in Deloitte Consulting's technology practice. He has also held leadership positions at Computacenter and Andersen Consulting.

Stafford will replace Neil Gissler, who was appointed to the position 11 months ago and led the reorganization of the services team. In February, Gissler announced he would leave Unisys March 31 to "pursue other opportunities." In an email to CRN, the company said it's confident that Stafford and his team will continue the progress started by Gissler.

Meanwhile, Singh will lead Unisys’ global marketing and communications organization, which includes investor relations. He will replace Quincy Allen, who started with Unisys in 2012 and left the company last year, also to "pursue other opportunities," according to the Unisys email.

Before he joined Unisys, Singh was a managing director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, a senior vice president for strategy and finance at Comcast, and served in leadership positions at Cisco Systems, Lehman Brothers, Prudential Financial and AT&T.

Both he and Stafford come to Unisys after a full year of restructuring at the company. While Unisys was cutting jobs and hiring new executives, it created segmented business practices in the commercial, financial services, U.S. government and public sector markets, all of which were staffed during the year.

During the company's fourth-quarter 2015 earnings call in January, Altabef announced the appointment of the company's final practice leader, Eric Crabtree, now global head of the financial services practice.

Reflecting on the process that led the company to hire Crabtree, Altabef said that Unisys had created its new segments from scratch and had been populating them throughout 2015, finishing with the hiring of leaders, the last being Crabtree.

"With Eric's arrival, we have completed the leadership team for our go-to market. That's a very big deal." Altabef said.

Now, with the additions of Singh and Strafford, Unisys is continuing its executive hiring binge.

During the year, Unisys hired at least three global executives, new general managers for the U.S. and Canada, as well as the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, five new public-business-focused executives, a new vice president for global security solutions, a corporate controller, a new director, CTO and president of enterprise solutions.

’In 2015, we set the strategy. In 2016, we are focusing on execution," Unisys spokesman John Clendening said in an emailed response to CRN . "We feel very comfortable with the leadership team we have in place.’