“Atos Origin’s Derek Ward Appointed Chairman of the Intellect Private Sector Council”

London, 10 November 2005

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that Derek Ward, Executive Vice President, UK Markets and Accounts – Atos Origin, has been appointed by Intellect, the trade association for the UK hi-tech industry, as Chairman of the newly created Private Sector Council.

This work will be led by Intellect's new Private Sector Council, which will focus on improving the relationship between suppliers and private sector customers ensuring higher levels of service delivery and project implementation. It will also provide a forum through which the supplier community can work closely with a range of stakeholders. In addition, it will stimulate debate and promote best practice on a range of private sector issues, and ensure that industry develops new supply chain models which can respond to the changing needs of the customer.

Derek will be responsible for overseeing the Council and act as the lead spokesperson.

"Having spent more than 20 years aiding Government and Private Sector organisations to realise their IT vision I understand the challenges facing the Private Sector today and am passionate that, through the effective deployment and use of technology, businesses can become more efficient and boost productivity” stated Derek Ward. I am in no doubt that with the close support of the diverse range of council members we can deliver on Intellect's vision"

"Industry has been criticised in the past for failing to understand the issues affecting its private sector customers. The development of the Intellect Private Sector Council is proof that we're acting decisively,“ said Carrie Hartnell, Private Sector Manager at Intellect. “We are committed to reform, to improving the relationship between the private sector and Industry, and to ensuring the implementation of IT-enabled business change projects that deliver clear return on investment and demonstrable business benefits."

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Intellect
Intellect is the trade association for the UK IT, Telecommunications and Electronics industries in the UK. It represents a membership of over 1000 companies, spanning blue-chip multinationals to early stage technology companies, within an industry that together contributes around 10% of UK GDP and at least 15% of total UK trade. More information about Intellect can be found at http://www.intellectuk.org.

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

Sam Routley / Anna Mitchell
MS&L for Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7878 3137 / 3135
sam.routley@mslpr.co.uk / anna.mitchell@mslpr.co.uk