UXC chief to exit after blockbuster CSC buyout

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UXC chief to exit after blockbuster CSC buyout
Cris Nicolli

UXC Limited’s Cris Nicolli will retire as managing director and chief executive officer in 2016 after the blockbuster CSC acquisition completes.

Nicolli will continue in his current role during the acquisition process, and will stay on until a successor is appointed if the deal doesn’t go ahead. A succession planning process has been in place for "some time".

He was praised by UXC chairman Geoff Cosgriff for leading UXC from revenues of $60 million to $700 million today.

Nicolli is credited for leading the restructuring of UXC’s debt, completing a number of acquisitions and expanding into North America, where UXC now has 200 employees. He is also credited for delivered a strong return to shareholders.

Among UXC’s achievements during Nicolli’s tenure:

  • Bringing together Integ Group, XSI Data Solutions and Getronics Australia to form UXC Connect, which has gone on to become a $223 million-dollar business in the 2015 financial year.
  • Expansion into North America, which has seen UXC Eclipse reach $68 million in sales from its USA business in the 2015 financial year.
  • Adding a long list of new vendor partners, including ServiceNow, Amazon Web Services, Apptio, Box, Right Scale, Senetas, Splunk and Tableau.
  • Winning various government agency deals, including Victorian WorkCover Authority and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission.
  • An increase in share price from $0.48 when Nicolli was appointed in 2010 to a current share price of $1.19 at the time of writing.

He has also presided over a string of acquisitions, including more than $50 million spent in a period of six months in the 2013 financial year. The acquisitions during his time at UXC included:

  • 66-person Canberra security firm Saltbush.
  • 25-person SAP Hybris Asia-Pacific partner of the year Contiigo.
  • Australasia’s largest reseller and services provider for ServiceNow, Keystone Management Solutions.
  • Melbourne commerce outfit White Labelled, which listed Harvey Norman and Jeanswest among its customers.
  • 180-person North American Microsoft Dynamics reseller Tectura.
  • SAP consulting and support business Clarity Consulting Group.

Nicolli started at UXC in 2003 as chief executive of UXC’s business solutions group, and was appointed as managing director in 2010.

“He was instrumental in developing the long term strategy for that business," stated Cosgriff. "He identified key growth segments within the IT market, then built a depth of capability and established leading market positions within these segments."

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