Mark brings more than 30 years’ experience of transformation in the technology sector, much of it at a senior leadership level. It includes multiple M&A successes, turnarounds, sales growth and strategic change programmes in Europe, North America and Asia.
Most recently, he led a start-up, Investment Services, based in London and New York, delivering IT services and solutions to private equity firms and privately owned companies.
Mark was previously under the umbrella of Aurelius Investment, the Munich-based European private holding company, where he was chief executive of Getronics for five years. He oversaw its growth into a global digital technology company – and eventual sale in 2017 to an American consortium for 18 times its original purchase price.
Before that, Mark built up Druid, another IT start-up, and sold it in 2000 in a $1bn deal, going on to play a leading role at its successor companies, Xansa plc and Groupe Steria.
An accountant, systems analyst and management consultant, Mark’s career also spans the delivery of major multi-million pound transformation programmes for leading companies and organisations including Diageo, Boots and the BBC.
Mark Cook said: “I am honoured to be taking up this new role at Capita to lead its technology solutions business.
“Capita is a remarkable business with great tech credentials and the proven ability to provide solutions for clients’ needs alongside a compelling commercial proposition.
“The changes now being put in place at Capita demonstrate just how important the tech agenda and digital transformation are to the company’s future success and growth.”
Joe Hemming, executive officer for IT & Networks since 2016, had previously announced his intention to retire next year. He will continue as a special adviser to Jon Lewis until his retirement.
Jon Lewis added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to again thank Joe Hemming. He has done a fantastic job transforming IT & Networks over the last three years.”