Atos Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting – December 2013
Atos, an international IT services company, today held an Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders chaired by the Company's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Thierry Breton, with a participation rate of 67.65%.
All resolutions submitted by the Board of Directors were approved by a very large majority.
In particular, the shareholders expressed in the first resolution a favorable opinion on the Group main strategic guidelines over the period 2014-2016, as they were disclosed at the “Analyst Day” of November 15, 2013. These guidelines aim at developing both the IT services and the Payment activities (Worldline) of Atos, and support Atos' ambition to become the European reference player for providing IT technologies and services worldwide.
Pursuant to this resolution adopted by 99.63%, the Shareholders' Meeting also approved the decision of the Board of Directors concerning all of the components of the Chairman and CEO's compensation for the duration of the 2014-2016 strategic plan.
Additionally, the Shareholders' Meeting approved (97.55%) the resolution submitted in connection with the conclusion of a settlement agreement with the Dutch employee pension fund, allowing to finalize the Group's commitments regarding their pensions. The shareholders were invited to decide on the enlargement for this purpose of the share buyback program already approved during the Combined General Meeting of May 29, 2013. As a result, it will be possible to implement the settlement agreement by payment to the Dutch pension fund in Atos SE shares in the interest of the parties.
Yearly review by the Board of Directors of the implementation of the AFEP-MEDEF Code
The Company committed in 2008 to implementing the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for listed companies, relating to, notably, the conditions of compensation of senior corporate officers, and it regularly reports thereon. The Board of Atos met on December 19, 2013 to perform an annual review of the implementation by the Company of these governance principles, taking into account the revised AFEP-MEDEF Code of June 2013.
The Board wanted to assess the implementation of these provisions with regard to the Company's registration document for 2012, compared against the statistics set out in the 5th yearly report of October 2013 regarding the implementation of the AFEP-MEDEF recommendations by companies in 2012. Following this meeting, to which participated some elected representatives of the Company's employees (pursuant to an agreement dated December 14, 2012 in connection with the transformation of Atos to a European Company), the Board of Atos considered that the system put in place by the Company on corporate governance, including on the CEO's compensation, is fully compliant with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Code.
The complete and detailed document which supported this Board assessment is made available on Atos' website.
Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with 2012 annual revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 77,000 employees in 52 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public sector, Healthcare& Transports; Financial Services; Telco, Media & Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
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