MR. BERNARD BOURIGEAUD TO JOIN CGI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information
technology and business process services, announced today that Mr. Bernard
Bourigeaud, Founder and former Chairman of Atos Origin, has joined the CGI Board
Mr. Bourigeaud is currently Chairman of BJB Consulting, a CEO to CEO consultancy business. Over his career, Mr. Bourigeaud has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and a prominent business leader in Europe. Mr. Bourigeaud grew his reputation as an astute business man when he transformed Atos Origin from a small regional player with €300 million in revenue and 3000 employees, into a global company with more than €5 billion in revenue and 50,000 employees.
Mr. Bourigeaud’s chain of successful mergers began in 1991 when he conducted the merger of SITB, Sodinforg and Segin leading to the creation of Axime, of which he became Chairman. In 1996, he was responsible for Axime’s acquisition of Sligos and the subsequent formation of Atos, of which he was Chairman and CEO. In November 2000, he merged Atos with Origin, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, creating Atos Origin. In 2002, he completed the acquisition of KPMG Consulting in the UK and the Netherlands, now operating in these two countries under the name of Atos Consulting. In 2003, Mr. Bourigeaud led Atos Origin’s acquisition of SchlumbergerSema to create a leading global IT services company with annual revenues of €5 billion. Finally, in 2006, he completed the acquisition of Banksys and BCC (Bank Card Company), creating a leadership role in Europe for the payments industry.
Prior to joining Axime, Mr. Bourigeaud spent 11 years at Deloitte Haskins and Sells where he headed the management consulting group. He was responsible for the French operation where he created the European mergers and acquisitions division. For eight years preceding this, he worked for the agribusiness company Continental Grain, carrying out various general management assignments in Europe for three years and running the UK operations for five years. Mr. Bourigeaud’s career began with the French bank, CIC, and Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Bourigeaud holds positions on various boards. He is Senior Advisor to Apax Partners in France. He also serves on the Board of CEPS (Centre d'Étude et Prospective Stratégique), an independent and multidisciplinary think tank based in France, and he is advisor to the National Committee of French Foreign Trade (CNCCEF). In 2007, Mr. Bourigeaud was appointed Affiliate Professor at HEC School of Management in Paris and he is a member of HEC’s International Advisory Board. In 2004, he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Bourigeaud to the CGI Board of Directors,” said Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman. “His vast experience in information technology, finance and consulting, and his understanding of the global market place will contribute to the execution of our global strategy. I look forward to collaborating closely with him on the realization of CGI’s goals.”
Mr. Bourigeaud replaces Mr. C. Wesley M. Scott who is stepping down from the board after seven years of service. This leaves the total number of CGI Directors at 14.
“I would like to thank Mr. Scott for his valuable counsel,” added Mr. Godin. “His experience and financial acumen have both contributed to CGI’s success.”
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 27,000 professionals in over 100 offices across 16 countries. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.8 billion and at June 30th, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $12.03 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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