“Atos University and Beijing International MBA forge long-term partnership to accelerate sales performance”

Beijing, Paris, 28 February 2008

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, announces that its Sales & Markets University has signed a comprehensive agreement to forge a long-term partnership with Beijing International MBA at Peking University (BiMBA), one of the leading business schools in China. As one of the first initiatives undertaken by European corporate universities in China, a future economic powerhouse, the collaboration is aimed at further developing the company's sales to enterprises in fast-growing markets.

The fast economic development in China, fuelled by the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, provides a golden opportunity for the global sales force of Atos Origin to strengthen the sales skills needed to help fast-growing companies in China. Such skills are also a valuable asset to assist organizations that already establish, or plan to establish, presence in other emerging markets. Atos Origin has been successfully cooperating with renowned universities and business colleges in Europe and enjoys high reputation in this area. The partnership with BiMBA and expansion of this program into China further demonstrate Atos Origin's long-term commitment to China.

The partnership comprises joint development and delivery of “Sales in Emerging Markets/Clients”, a ground-breaking training program open to Atos Origin sales specialists from around the world, which will take place at BiMBA's campus in Beijing and involve a number of its leading professors. At the same time, subject-matter experts from Atos Origin will also be invited to share their insights at BiMBA, and students will be offered internships, case study opportunities, and visits to the company's facilities around the world.

Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President, Olympic Games & Major Events and Sales & Markets, at Atos Origin: “Our employees are at the heart of our business strategy and our fundamental purpose is to invest in them and develop their commercial skills to ensure competitive advantage for the future. Our objective is to increase sales performance, optimize our global knowledge management, and take a proactive approach towards sales performance in fast growing markets. Partnering with BiMBA, one of China's leading business schools, offers us unique access to world-class experts on succeeding in the complex and dynamic business environment.”

“We are delighted to cooperate with Atos University on training, developing and inspiring business leaders and professionals for the company. We are confident that the partnership will enhance friendship of our two universities and contribute to our ultimate goal of developing leaders for the new century,” says Prof. John Yang, the Foreign Dean, BiMBA, Peking University.

“Being the capital of one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Beijing provides the perfect setting to take program participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them with new perspectives and ways of thinking. Atos University has taken an innovative approach to forge a partnership with BiMBA in Beijing which will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance the overall competency of the global sales force of Atos Origin,” says Hans Pijbes, Vice President Atos University Sales & Markets.

Atos University supports Atos Origin's strategic initiative announced last year in its Transformation Program, “3 O 3”, aimed at accelerating organic growth, improving efficiency and operating as a global company. The University is set to become the beating heart of the company where people from all over the world gather to develop their skills, exchange ideas, network with colleagues, and build long-term relations with each other and the organization. Each program is developed using the University's proprietary Active Sales Learning™ approach and involves leading academia, clients, CEOs, and professional training organizations.

BiMBA at Peking University was established in Beijing in 1998 and has been recognized as China's Most Valued Business School by Fortune (China), 2005 and 2006, China's Most Valued Part-time MBA Program by Forbes (China), 2005 to 2007. BiMBA is a joint educational venture between Peking University and its global partners, and is operated by the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University, which acts as a consultant to the Chinese Government. BiMBA aims to train, develop and inspire passionate business leaders and professionals of competence, character and commitment. For further information, please go to http://www.bimba.org/.

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 EUR 5.8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. In Greater China region, Atos Origin has been present for over 10 years and currently employs 1,000 people in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan, focusing on an end-to-end service model to “design, build and operate” IT solutions for key clients in such industries as finance, discrete manufacturing, petro chemicals and process industry, and energies. Atos Origin China is headquartered in Beijing.

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 Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information, please contact:

Atos Origin
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11
Atos Origin
Michelle Liu

+86 10 6437 6668
Becky Zhang
+86 10 6275 2164