The change in NPS Leadership was not unexpected given that group's performance over the past few years.
Did Jim Schaffer 'voluntarily' retire or is that part of the announcement the typical 'saving face' at the executive levels of American corporations?
Why David Zolet? Does he have extensive experience building/rebuilding a Public Sector Consulting, Systems Integration and Outsourcing group? [Hard to believe given NPS' stellar performance in the past few years.] Is it because he and Lawrie crossed paths at IBM? FYI http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-zolet/3/b/868 - odd that a public profile that he controls does not indicate his past two years of CSC employment.
That must be why they hired Budzinski from HP. He was a PR nightmare. he is on record telling people they will be singled out for termination if they didn't agree to a 'voluntary' pay cut... If he's your new boss, consider a PHB as a move up...
No, this was in the making for some time now. Of course there must have been some closed door sessions but as any leader you want to put someone in key positions who you know and trust. As far as Mr. Zolet, I do not know him personally but what I have heard is he is sharp, straight shooter and decisive. In is short time at CSC I feel I know him better than Shaffer due to his communication style. He actually communicates with NPS unlike the others.