Laurent Allard is leaving AXA Technology Services, part of the AXA insurance group to become CIO of technology services provider Logica, which has major contracts with government agencies and the Royal Mail.

Allard, currently CIO at AXA Technology Services, will start as the Logical CIO on October 15. “He brings a wealth of experience in designing and driving streamlined IT systems and processes,” said Craig Boundy, Logica chief of operations. Logica said he will be responsible for their internal IT and knowledge management.

“As announced in April of this year, as part of Logica’s new strategy we are aligning our IT systems and process in order to integrate the business more tightly and ultimately provide a better service to our customers,” Boundy said of the major project facing Allard.

Allard oversaw an alignment strategy that resulted in €270m in savings on the delivery of IT services to AXA. He has been responsible for IT governance. Prior to becoming a CIO Allard was CRM IT project manager and chief architect for AXA, he has also been chief architect and head of system engineering for French bank Credit Du Nord and catalogue retailer La Redoute.

The Royal Mail appointed Logica in May 2008 to provide application management of business intelligence and warehouse systems from Kalido. Logica is also working for Wiltshire County Council to simplify and standardise its systems. The delayed Defence Information Infrastructure programme involves a consortium of Logica, Fujitsu, EADS and General Dynamics.

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