Atos Appoints Yves Bernaert as CEO to Lead Transformation Plan

Atos Appoints Yves Bernaert as CEO to Lead Transformation Plan

(IN BRIEF) Atos’s Board of Directors has named Yves Bernaert as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Atos Group, effective immediately. Bernaert’s appointment comes as the company completes its internal operational separation into two separate entities. He brings a wealth of expertise in the technology and digital transformation sectors and will oversee the next phases of the group’s transformation plan while also potentially leading the development of the new Eviden group if the finalization of the separation is approved by the Board. Additionally, Bernaert will handle ongoing negotiations and proposed transactions, working alongside Paul Saleh, Group CFO. The Board expressed confidence in Bernaert’s leadership in navigating the company’s future challenges and transformations.

(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS, 5-Oct-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Atos’s Board of Directors, at its meeting held on October 3rd, 2023, following the recommendations of the Nominations and Governance Committee, has appointed Yves Bernaert as Chief Executive Officer of the Atos Group. His appointment is effective as of today. His appointment as a Director of the Board of Directors will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting.

With the completion in July 2023 of the internal operational separation of Atos into two separate entities, the Group is now well-positioned to complete its transformation plan.

In appointing Yves Bernaert as CEO of Atos, the Board of Directors has selected a leader with proven expertise in the technology and digital transformation industries. His first mission will be to successfully complete the next stages of the Group’s transformation plan and to accelerate the turnaround of its activities. If and when the finalization of the Group’s separation is decided by the Board, he would then be exclusively responsible for leading the development of the new Eviden group – the only French player positioned with a global reach, able to offer the full range of solutions for digital transformation, including digital, cloud, AI, cybersecurity and high-performance computing solutions.

In addition, he will handle alongside Paul Saleh, Group CFO, the ongoing exclusive negotiations with EPEI under the supervision of the Board of Directors with the view to submitting the proposed transaction and the contemplated capital increases to the Shareholders’ meeting.

Bertrand Meunier, Chairman of Atos’s Board of Directors, said : « On behalf of the entire Board, I am very pleased to welcome Yves Bernaert as Chief Executive Officer of Atos. His personal and professional strengths, ability to lead teams through major transformations, in-depth knowledge of our industry and belief in the critical role our sector plays in meeting the national and European digital sovereignty objectives, make him the ideal leader. The Board would like to thank Nourdine Bihmane, Philippe Oliva and Diane Galbe, who have to date, carried out the Group’s operational performance improvement plan and its strategic transformation project. »

Yves Bernaert, Chief Executive Officer of Atos, said : « I am delighted to be joining the Atos Group. After more than 30 years in the technology sector, I am well aware that Atos possesses strong assets, and I have great respect for the world-renowned skills of its teams. Atos has considerable technological capabilities and holds strong positions in many strategic areas. This is why, with the support of the Board of Directors and the ongoing dedication of the Group’s talented employees, I am confident that we can overcome the challenges that lie ahead and successfully deliver the ongoing transformation. »

Nourdine Bihmane is appointed “Directeur Général Adjoint” of Atos in charge of Tech Foundations. Philippe Oliva has decided to leave the Group at the end of a transition period. Diane Galbe has joined the Tech Foundations team.

Biography of Yves Bernaert

Yves Bernaert, 55, began his career as an auditor at PwC before joining in 1992 Accenture, a world leader in digital services. After several executive roles in France and abroad, he served as CEO Europe of Accenture Technology for the past nine years. Under his leadership and alongside his teams and partners, Accenture Technology Europe achieved double-digit growth by focusing on new digital technologies (Cloud, Data & AI and Security).

Yves Bernaert is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of 1001 Fontaines, a French NGO that provides sustainable access to drinking water for vulnerable populations and aims to roll out its model on a larger scale to double the number of beneficiaries to 2 million by 2025.

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 107,000 employees and annual revenue of c. € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 69 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), and listed on Euronext Paris.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

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