“Karstadt and Atos Origin consolidate partnership”

Essen, December 14, 2010

Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH and Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company, have agreed to maintain their existing IT outsourcing contract until at least December 2012.

Atos Origin took over management of the IT infrastructure and services for KarstadtQuelle in October 2004. Since then, the IT services provider has been responsible for running the entire IT infrastructure including its data centres, network, desktops and applications management.

As part of the outsourcing arrangement, around 900 employees transferred to Atos Origin. “A perfectly functioning IT infrastructure forms the basis for a smooth business operation. This is why we are extending the contract with Atos Origin until at least 2012,” says Ludger Banse, CIO of Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH.

When Arcandor, the former parent company of Karstadt, became insolvent, Atos Origin continued to work with Karstadt and agreed in principle to a new contract. The new investor has now confirmed this contract.

“During the difficult economic situation we stood shoulder to shoulder with our client,” says Winfried Holz, CEO of Atos Origin Deutschland & CEMA. “We have now been rewarded for our confidence in Karstadt with the award of this important contract.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 49,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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