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Computer Sciences names new president

The IT services company says Mike Laphen will take over as its president and chief operating officer, replacing Edward Boykin.

Computer Sciences on Wednesday said Mike Laphen will take over as the company's president and chief operating officer, replacing Edward Boykin.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based information technology services company said Laphen, who now serves as president of Computer Sciences' European Group, will assume his new duties April 1. Boykin will retire later this year after 37 years at the company.

Laphen, 52, will report to company Chief Executive Van Honeycutt. George Bell, currently managing director and chief executive of Computer Sciences' Australian Group, will replace Laphen in Europe. Mike Shove, currently vice president of the Australian Group, will replace Bell in Australia. Both Bell and Shove will report to Laphen.

Laphen, a 25-year veteran at Computer Sciences, has served as president of the company's U.S. Federal Sector Civil Group and has focused on finance, administration and operations. Laphen served in the U.S. Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Laphen's background is in keeping with the company's push into the federal government sector. On March 7, Computer Sciences completed its acquisition of DynCorp, an IT services provider with a focus on federal agencies. Including more than 26,000 workers from DynCorp, Computer Sciences has about 90,000 employees. The company reported revenue of $11.3 billion for the 12 months ended Dec. 27, 2002.