Rio Tinto (NYSE, LSE, ASX: RIO) and CGI Group Inc., (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, announce the renewal and expansion of their outsourcing contract. The three-year contract extension is valued at approximately $60 million.
For more than 20 years, CGI has been providing IT infrastructure services to Rio Tinto Alcan, including end-user device support, service desk, server management, data center management, and certain network management and security services. The contract for these services has been renewed until 2015 and will now be extended to other Rio Tinto divisions located in the United States and Canada.
“We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with CGI as a key strategic partner,” affirmed Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan. “CGI’s dedication to quality, competitiveness and strong understanding of our business led us to once again entrust these services to its teams.”
“This contract reinforces our strategy to expand our services to Rio Tinto worldwide,” said Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, CGI. “CGI is proud of its partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan. It is a highly strategic partnership, which, among other benefits, helps us increase our global reach and profile. I also applaud our team of 500 professionals in Saguenay, 230 of whom devote each day to delivering services of unparalleled quality to Rio Tinto Alcan.”
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 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific. As at September 30, 2011, CGI's revenue was $4.3 billion and its order backlog was $13.5 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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