EDS explains Ehud Barak hiring.

A senior EDS executive tells ITP.net that the hiring of the former Israeli Prime Minister has no bearing whatsoever on Middle East operations.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 11, 2001

Norbert Steiger, EDS’s executive director for the Middle East, Eastern Med and North Africa, today explained EDS’s position over the hiring of Ehud Barak as an adviser.

In an interview this afternoon with ITP.net, Steiger said that the decision was purely commercial and was directly linked to a number of contract bids in the USA.

“EDS is pursuing a number of large deals in the USA, where he [Barak] has personal relationships with key decision makers,” said Steiger.

“It’s not a political statement, it’s a simple business decision for EDS globally. He [Barak] is not involved with anything in the region and has no access whatsoever to internal information.”

The appointment has raised eyebrows in the Middle East and regional leaders took up the issue with Dick Brown, EDS’s chief executive, on his visit to the region yesterday. They were also given the above explanation for the hiring.

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