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Capgemini completes Empired acquisition, extends presence in A/NZ region

By Catherine Knowles, Thu 18 Nov 2021

Capgemini has completed the acquisition of Empired Limited, first announced on July 19, 2021.

According to the company, the combined scale and services portfolio will help to position Capgemini as a digital, data and cloud market leader in the Australia and New Zealand region, with capabilities across the Microsoft technology product suite.

The acquisition by way of a scheme of arrangement was approved by the requisite majorities of Empired shareholders and the Federal Court of Australia.

Empired brings an additional 1,100 consultants to the organisation in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Capgemini, for clients looking to drive modern workplace transformation via the Microsoft suite of tools, Empired has been particularly successful in this area.

Reinforcing Capgemini’s global partnership with Microsoft, this expanded capability enables Capgemini to offer local clients a new level of expertise in the Microsoft space.

In addition, the acquisition of Empired also bolsters Capgemini’s ability to provide end to end services to clients across Western Australia and New Zealand, where Empired has a presence and record for helping clients.

Capgemini CEO in Asia-Pacific and member of the Group Executive Committee, Olaf Pietschner, commented on the announcement,

He says, “Capgemini's extensive transformation expertise combined with Empired's strengths as a leader in Microsoft Azure and Dynamics 365 will open up the full power of digital transformation for our clients in Australia and New Zealand, to run their entire business in the cloud and realise value faster.

"We look forward to welcoming Empired's talented professionals to Capgemini.”

Capgemini managing director Australia and New Zealand Kaylene O’Brien says, “It was clear that by bringing together our two organisations we could have more impact as a strategic partner helping our clients innovate and compete in an increasingly digital world."

O'Brien continues, "Even more exciting is what this means for all our people - with growth comes scale and more opportunities for our people to learn and get the future they want with us.

"Given our similar cultures and unwavering commitment to helping our people and clients excel, this is a significant milestone in the evolution of both organisations.”

For Empired, the company states the acquisition will offer its clients access to a greater portfolio of services and global industry expertise due to Capgemini’s experience and scale.

Empired managing director, Russell Baskerville says, “Our mission has always been to create exceptional experiences with technology, that change the way our clients run their businesses.

"Which is why coming together with Capgemini will ensure we take that up a notch, benefiting from the resources and global capabilities Capgemini offers. In addition, this opens up a world of opportunity for the Empired team.”

This acquisition is Capgemini’s fourth in the region over the past 18 months, and supports its vision to achieve a leadership position in the Australian market across digital, data and cloud - whilst partnering with clients to deliver service and solutions.

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