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Unisys hires former Slalom executive as its AI practice leader

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Unisys has hired long-time tech consulting executive Brett Barton, who until recently worked at rival Slalom, to lead its global AI practice.

Unisys is one of the largest IT professional services in the U.S. by headcount. The Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-headquartered firm emerged in the mid-1980s through the merger of two mainframe suppliers and, over the subsequent years, gradually shifted its focus to consulting. Unisys closed the books on its 2023 fiscal year with about $2 billion in revenue.

Brett Barton is joining the company following a roughly two-year stint at Slalom, a similarly-sized IT consultancy that takes on projects in many of the same markets. He joined the latter company in early 2022 as the senior director of its global data and analytics practice. Less than a year later, he was promoted to the dual post of chief information officer and chief data officer.

Barton is credited with building out a Slalom business unit that advises clients on AI projects. He previously launched the management consulting practice of Sense, a boutique IT consultancy that was acquired by Canadian professional services giant CGI in 2021. Earlier in his career, Barton was a director of management consulting at KPMG’s Texas division.

“Our dedicated AI practice underscores our commitment to serve clients with cutting-edge AI solutions,” Unisys CEO Peter Altabef commented in a canned statement. “Brett has a track record of propelling organizations forward through innovative initiatives, and we are excited to welcome him to Unisys.”

Besides providing assistance with AI projects, Unisys also offers a range of other professional services to clients. Its specialties include cloud migrations, analytics software rollouts and logistics technology to name a few of the use cases listed in the firm’s marketing materials.