“Atos Origin Establishes Endowed Chair in “Growth Strategies and Integration Management” at the HEC School of Management and Becomes a Member of the HEC Foundation”

Paris, 18 January 2006

"I'm extremely happy that Atos Origin is joining the HEC Foundation," says Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin. "We share the same European focus and international vision. Not only will our membership enable us to establish a direct link to the academic world, it will allow us to conceptualize certain business issues and formalize our core expertise, while fostering exchange between companies and students. Moreover, this commitment dovetails perfectly with our long-term recruitment and communication strategy."

For the new president of the HEC Foundation, Jean-Marie Hennes, "the creation of this chair illustrates the Foundation's core mission, which is to weave closer ties between the academic world, students and businesses." Adds Bernard Ramanantsoa, dean of HEC, "The creation of the chair will help HEC, France's premier business school, to further enhance the value of its teaching in one of its key areas of excellence—strategy."

With the establishment of the new chair, Atos Origin will strengthen its ability to analyze business issues and to broaden its reputation via the publication of articles and its participation in academic conferences and seminars.

The Chair will be placed under the academic supervision of Bernard Garrette, Associate Professor, Business Strategy and Policy Department, HEC.

On the basis of projects already being carried out by Professor Garrette, Atos Origin will work with HEC to:

  • Conduct research on problems specifically related to growth strategy and integration management.
  • Devise courses, case studies and other teaching tools to promote the development of special skills.
  • Create opportunities for companies to partake in discussion and reflection, via conferences and debates open to the public organized by Atos Origin and the holder of the endowed Chair.

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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About HEC Foundation

Created in 1972 by the HEC Alumni Association, sponsored by a group of prestigious multinational companies, the HEC Foundation support HEC's ambitions, participate in its strategic orientation, and provide a direct link between the academic and business world. In particular, the HEC Foundation promotes research programs in management sciences and supports major international development projects.
Today, the HEC Foundation numbers about thirty companies among its privileged partners.

(*) Bernard Garrette has been Associate Professor of Strategic Management at HEC school of Management since 1988. He has been a visiting professor at London Business School (1997 and 1999) and at the University of Cambridge (1995-1996). He has also worked as a consultant (Senior Practice Expert in Corporate Finance and Strategy) with McKinsey & Company in 2000-2001.
Bernard Garrette is an HEC graduate and holds a Ph.D. in management from HEC. His teaching and research interests focus on competitive and collaborative corporate strategy.

Contact presse Atos Origin :

Anne de Beaumont Tel : + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

Contact presse Groupe HEC :

Catherine Rousseau Tel : +33 (0) 1 39 67 94 23 – rousseau@hec.fr