Managing director of a US west coast gaming company, Activision Blizzard, has been appointed as CEO of the new joint venture company the Cabinet Office is forming with Capita to run the Best Management Practice portfolio, which includes ITIL and PRINCE2.
Peter Hepworth will take up his role from the 1st July and the new joint venture will be fully operational on 1st January 2014.
William Jordan, Cabinet Office director on the joint venture board, said: "Peter has the commercial experience and drive needed to establish the new business as the global leader for project management and IT service management qualifications."
Capita is going to own a 51 percent stake in the company, which will generate revenues through accreditation of exam institutes and training organisations, exam sales and publications. Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, has said that the venture will boost returns for taxpayers by £500 million over ten years and drive £600 million growth through exports.
However, there is concern in the industry that by privatising the portfolio Capita will disrupt an actively contributing community and influence the content to support the needs of the sector it operates in. Despite this, the government believes that Capita will be able to bring commercial expertise, enable investment to develop the products and break into new international markets.
"There has been a shift in the way people learn and how learning is delivered in the past decade, with the rise of simulation and 'learning by doing'," said Dawn Marriott-Sims, executive director for Capita's workplace services division.
"One of the aims of the joint venture will be to modernise both the content and delivery of the Best Management Practice products to reflect this shift."
He added: "Peter's in-depth knowledge of the video gaming industry and international experience means he will be a great asset to the new company as it looks to invest in developing new digital platforms, content and product formats for the delivery of ITIL and PRINCE2 as well as expanding globally."
Capita confirmed to Computerworld UK that Hepworth has little experience or involvement in the ITIL and PRINCE2 community to date. His LinkedIn profile highlights previous finance related positions at Sara Lee, Lancome and L'Oreal.
Hepworth said: "I am really looking forward to leading this exciting business. One of my priorities over the next few months will be to listen to and work with the practitioner communities, including accredited training organisations and examination institutes.
"Their input is vital as we work towards developing this new company and decide how best to take these world-class products to the next level."
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