NTT DATA appoints new CEO to head EMEA region

Patrizio Mapelli, current CEO of NTT DATA in Italy and Head of the Enterprise business unit, takes over from Thomas Balgheim after successful integration

London, UK, January 30, 2013 – NTT DATA, the global IT innovator, announced today the appointment of Patrizio Mapelli as its new President and CEO of the EMEA region. 

As part of a long-planned move, Patrizio Mapelli replaces Thomas Balgheim, who has supported the NTT DATA business expansion in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America since 2008 and successfully managed the full integration of all acquisitions under a unitary, global NTT DATA brand in the region. The change will be effective on April 1, 2013.

“We are delighted to announce that Patrizio Mapelli will take over the role from Thomas Balgheim,” said Mitsutaka Nakamura, Director and Chair of NTT DATA in EMEA. “With his experience, Patrizio Mapelli is in the ideal position to leverage his knowledge and capabilities to the benefit of the wider company. His appointment will also ensure continuity in the growth and development of NTT DATA in EMEA.” 

“Thomas Balgheim has led the company through the most important change in its history,” Nakamura continued. “We thank him for his contribution to the creation of ‘one NTT DATA in EMEA’. To guarantee a smooth transition, Thomas Balgheim will continue to serve us as a strategic adviser.”
Patrizio Mapelli currently leads the Italian operations and all enterprise activities for NTT DATA in the EMEA region. Previously he served as CEO of Value Team, a company specialized in consulting, system integration and outsourcing to major companies, which was acquired by NTT DATA in June 2011. It became a fully integrated part of NTT DATA in EMEA in April 2012. 

“I am very excited about my new role and the opportunities that lie ahead for NTT DATA,“ said Patrizio Mapelli. ”In EMEA we have already shown faster growth than the industry in general and are now better positioned than ever before to grow and to win market share. The speed in which international collaboration has picked up in the past few months is phenomenal. It is my ambition to help make NTT DATA a Top Five player in the IT services and consulting industry – and it is my firm belief we will achieve this.”


NTT DATA is your innovation partner anywhere in the world. Headquartered in Tokyo, we have business operations in over 35 countries. Our emphasis is on long-term commitment, and combining global reach with local intimacy to provide premier professional services from consulting and systems development to outsourcing.

NTT DATA combines local flexibility and agility with centrally coordinated access to global resources. NTT DATA’s long-standing customer relationships are a testament to its ability to combine the best of both worlds: the scale and resources of a globally operating group, combined with local teams possessing deep market insight and expertise. This has allowed NTT DATA to meet customer needs all over the world, consistently exceeding their expectations for quality, timeliness, and local knowledge.

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