Diversified appoints former Atos head as APAC managing director

12 March 2024 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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International technology company Diversified has appointed former Atos A/NZ managing director James Berry as its new head of the Asia Pacific, describing the region as a strategic growth priority.

Having departed Atos at the end of last year, the French multinational tech advisory’s former Australia and New Zealand managing director James Berry has now been officially announced as Asia Pacific head of US-headquartered audio-visual solutions company Diversified.

Berry altogether spent three and a half years at Atos, which has in turn elevated former transformation director and delivery lead Julian Dawson to the top A/NZ role.

Diversified appoints former Atos head as APAC managing director

“We are delighted to welcome James to the Diversified team,” stated CEO and former Unisys president Eric Hutto, who billed the Asia Pacific as a strategic priority. “His deep knowledge across various sectors, including technology, financial services, supply chain, and health managed services, combined with his rich understanding of various international markets, positions him as an ideal leader to continue driving our growth in the APAC region.”

Prior to joining Atos as WA general manager in 2020, Berry spent much of three decade career in technology leadership roles in the financial services sector, including as transformation director and technology CFO with HSBC in the UK, and as CIO for Standard Chartered’s South Asia operations – altogether spending more than a decade at the bank in various locations. More recently he served as chief procurement officer for Worldpay.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Diversified, a company that stands out for its expert understanding of the technological innovations needed to solve today’s evolving client challenges in areas such as AI, cybersecurity, and the shift to intelligent, hybrid workspaces,” Berry stated. “From consulting and design to installation, service and management, the size, scale, and complexity of Diversified’s projects are unmatched in the market.”

Among the landmark projects Diversified has carried out work for in Australia since arriving in 2019 are the audio-visual integration for the 180 George St. lobby in Sydney’s Circular Quay, described as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest internal LED wall, and the deployment of an immersive audio, public address and emergency warning intercommunication system at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as part of a $25 million upgrade.

Established more than thirty years ago with a global headcount now pushing 2,500 professionals across 40-odd locations throughout North America, the UK, Australia, India and Japan, Diversified offers a range of cross-industry consulting, design, implementation and managed services centred around media technologies, in areas such as AV, digital signage, production and meeting rooms. The company generates annual revenues in excess of $1 billion.

Diversified first moved into the local market through the acquisition of Melbourne-based Rutledge AV, with CEO Andrew Morrice having since served as Diversified’s Australian managing director prior to retiring at the end of last year. Meanwhile, according to an updated LinkedIn profile, Berry’s former position at Atos has been filled by A/NZ delivery lead Julian Dawson, who also previously spent time as an associate director at KPMG and Velrada.