Former Atos Origin executive joins CGI board
17/09/2008
Montreal-based CGI Group strengthens its position in the European market with the addition of Bernard Bourigeaud to the CGI board.

CGI Group Inc., the provider of information technology and business process services, said that Bernard Bourigeaud, founder and former chairman of Atos Origin, has joined the CGI board of directors.

“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.”

Bourigeaud is currently Chairman of BJB Consulting, a CEO to CEO consultancy business. Over his career, Bourigeaud has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and a prominent business leader in Europe. 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.

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, 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, 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.

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, 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.

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.