“Atos Origin invests in new region to capitalize on growth opportunities”

Paris, 7 September 2010

Samir El Awadi appointed CEO for Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of the Middle East

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has set up offices in Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, in order to best serve its customers and to take into account cultural and geographical differences. Having operations in the area will enable Atos Origin to capitalize on the predicted growth in IT investment over the next few years in the region.

The Group appoints Samir El Awadi CEO for the region. In his new position effective from 1st September, he reports to Francis Meston, Executive Vice President for Systems integration.

“Atos Origin has an ambitious growth plan and setting up operations in Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is a clear example. Samir's international sales experience and his extensive political and cultural knowledge of the region and its markets will be a considerable asset to accelerate growth in this strategic and growing market”, said Charles Dehelly, Senior Executive Vice President at Atos Origin.

”My goal is to increase our business in this region achieving profitable growth,” said Samir El Awadi. “I look forward to working with our global and local experts to deliver the high quality services and solutions that will help organisations further accelerate business growth and stay one step ahead of the competition”.

Prior to this appointment Samir (55) has held a number of senior positions in Atos Origin. Most recently, he was Vice President for Sales at Atos Origin in the Netherlands. Other roles include: Sector Director for the Pharma & Healthcare market; Global Account Director for Akzo Nobel and Senior Management Consultant for the Philips global account. He is a member of the board of the Dutch/Egyptian business and diplomatic community; a member of the jury board of the International Sales Management Association in the Netherlands; a member of the advisory board of Vacansoleil international cycling team and a former Commercial Director of the Year (2008). Samir graduated with a degree in computer science and information management from the Netherlands center for Informatics in Amsterdam and graduated from the El Azhar University of Cairo with a degree in Management & Business Administration. Samir learned the Dutch Language at the Institute of Applied Linguistics of the University of Nijmegen.

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.

For more information:
José de Vries
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Jose.devries@atosorigin.com