In 2001, the multinational telecommunications company Marconi Group embarked on a project to divest itself of eight non-core businesses. These businesses were not in the telecoms sector and were being managed for disposal or closure.

Observing Gary in action was a pleasure. He re-galvanised the HR team, he pulled together wayward line managers and he ensured that communication and people was at the top of his CEO’s agenda

Nigel Baldwin, HR Director, Corporate Services at Marconi

Nigel Baldwin, HR Director, Corporate Services at Marconi, brought Gary Fisher into the Group as a HR Vice President to work closely with the CEO and CFO to demerge Marconi Optical Components (MOC) from Marconi Applied Technologies and from the wider Marconi Group. Within three months of Gary arriving, MOC was launched, had appointed a new management team, established marketing and selling operations in the USA and had pulled together a ‘tight’ team to drive the business through either an IPO or disposal process. If this had failed, the business would have been closed.

Commenting on Gary’s role, Nigel Baldwin said “Observing Gary in action was a pleasure. He re-galvanised the HR team, he pulled together wayward line managers and he ensured that communication and people was at the top of his CEO’s agenda. The process of selling the business itself gave the organisation many challenges. However, through a detailed understanding of TUPE, the art of the possible and experience of working with trade unions, Gary was able to engineer a people solution that resulted in a successful disposal, a strengthened business for the new owner and a senior team who, though successful, had all remained focussed as neither the new or the previous owner had a role for them going forward.”

“Gary is a professional of the highest standards of integrity, commitment and sense of fair play while on the drive to deliver results” continued Nigel. “At the same time he will innovate and drive change to create momentum and hit targets. Frequently called upon to act as a wise counsel to the CEO and his colleagues, he is equally comfortable counselling junior members of the HR team. In summary, Gary is a great professional to have around when targets are tight, innovation is called upon and life will get difficult if results are not achieved.”