[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Global IT services company CSC has appointed Mike Lawrie, 58, currently chief executive officer of UK-based Misys, as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Lawrie succeeds Michael W. Laphen, 61, who previously announced his plan to retire as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. The CSC board of directors has also appointed Rodney F. Chase, a current director on the company’s board, to non-executive chairman.

Mike Lawrie joined the CSC’s board on February 7, 2012. He has served as chief executive officer of UK-based Misys, a global IT solutions provider to the financial services industry, since November 2006. Mr. Lawrie also served as the executive chairman of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions from October 2008 – August 2010.

Prior to that, Mr. Lawrie was a general partner with ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based private investment firm, from 2005 to 2006. He served as CEO of Siebel Systems from 2004 to 2005. Previously, Mr. Lawrie spent 27 years with IBM where he held various leadership positions, including senior vice president and group executive, responsible for sales and distribution of all IBM products and services worldwide; general manager for operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and general manager of industries for the Asia Pacific.

Mr. Lawrie is the lead independent, non-executive director of Juniper Networks, and is also a trustee of Drexel University, Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in History from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.