“Institute of IT Training Awards – Training Manager of the Year Goes to Marie-Pierre Gouaux, Atos Origin”

London, 24 February 2005

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that its UK Learning and Development Manager, Marie-Pierre Gouaux, won Training Manager of the Year at the Institute of IT Training's awards dinner earlier this month. The award recognises an individual who has shown exceptional skills in managing a Training Department and has made a significant and demonstrable impact on the performance of their organisation's employees.

“We are delighted that Marie-Pierre Gouaux has won this award,” said Brendan Connolly, chief operating officer, Atos Origin. “It is wonderful recognition of the work done by the training group and of the importance attached to learning and development at Atos Origin as a whole. Training is a strategic function within Atos Origin, linked to the balance scorecard, and receives full support from the entire organisation. Our people are our differentiator and it is by enabling them to develop their skills and competencies, that we will reach our business goals.”

Achievements over the last year have been impressive. Atos Origin employees consistently received the highest pass rate in the country for the project management Prince 2 certification. The Learning and Development department received the accreditation from the Institute of IT Training in recognition of its commitment to comply with the IITT's Code of Practice and its adherence to best processes. The department has also shown innovation by deploying an automated training booking and management system, which has helped to reduce training costs by almost 40%.

Learning and Development, led by Marie-Pierre Gouaux, works with the business to identify its training needs and develop the appropriate training programmes. The focus for training to date has been on technical expertise. For 2005 Atos Origin plans to split its training needs equally between technical expertise and organisational and managerial effectiveness, to ensure that it has a tier one team in place.

The judges commented that Gouaux "was completely engaged with the business and its strategic objectives, and that her approach was thoroughly professional and self-confident. She is extremely well respected within the business and her commitment to her team demonstrated that she is a strong team player."

Gouaux believes her experience could be of value more widely. "For the future, I would like to do more externally and work with the Institute and others to improve training delivery and the quality of the IT training industry in general."

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos Consulting.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com