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Tech & Science in a bad financial pass, the giant of computing French Atos Announcement of change

10:55  21 october  2021
10:55  21 october  2021 Source:   bfmtv.com

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Dans une mauvaise passe financière, le géant de l'informatique français Atos annonce du changement © Mario Men / Defodi Images / Getty Images in a bad financial pass, the giant of computing English Atos Announcement of change the director General of the group for two years Elirard, will be replaced by the current boss of Eutelsat, Rodolphe Belmer.

Change at Atos! The giant of French computing, which is in a bad financial and stock market, announced Tuesday 19 October the almost immediate departure of its general manager since two years Elije Girard, replaced by the current boss of Eutelsat Rodolphe Belmer . Elie Girard will leave the group at 107,000 employees "at the end of the week", and Rodolphe Belmer will take his new duties "no later than January 20, 2022," said Atos in a statement. The interim will be provided by two current senior officials of the group, Pierre Barnabé and Adrian Gregory. "The Group is about to accelerate its strategic repositioning, with a strengthening in digital, cloud, security, decarbonation," said press point Tuesday night Gilles Arditi, in charge of investor relations and the Internal audit in the group.

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"In this context and after a particularly intense period, Elije Girard decided to submit his resignation to the Board of Directors for personal reasons," he said. The new boss of Atos, Rodolphe Belmer was the Director General of Eutelsat since March 1, 2016, after remaining 11 years at Canal +, which he was the general director between October 2012 and July 2015. He is one of the Administrators of the American online video giant, Netflix. Atos's Board of Directors has chosen it "for its strategic sense and because it has demonstrated its managerial and operational effectiveness in its previous functions, as well as its ability to successfully lead complex transformations," said Bertrand Meunier, the President of the Atos Board of Directors, cited in the statement.

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its stock exchange course has plunged

Elie Girard, former financial director of Atos, had taken orders from the group after departure At the European Commission of Thierry Breton, who has been running the company for more than 10 years. Since taking office, Elie Girard has failed to dispel the historic mistrust of investors to a group built at acquisitions by Thierry Breton, and who has never demonstrated his ability to generate robust internal growth. And he had to face a real black series for a year that made the stock market price plunge at historically low levels, at 43.58 euros at the closing Tuesday night, while it still coated around 75 euros at the beginning of the year. At the end of 2020, his American subsidiary Syntel was ordered to pay a fine of $ 855 million in a dispute prior to his redemption by ATOS.

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The group then faced the misunderstanding on an undorted business purchase project, overseas, and suffered a camouflet when its statutory auditors issued a reserve on its accounts 2020 in the United States. In July, the Group had to recognize that it would not be able to reconnect with a growth of its sales this year after the coronavirus crisis, killing itself to foresee a stability of its turnover in 2021 at exchange rates. constant. In September, the group knew the humiliation of getting out of the CAC 40, replaced by the French giant of analyzes, Eurofins Scientific.

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Atos is in particular the weight of its classic IT activities while companies ran to the cloud, the dematerialized computing. "It is necessary radically, quickly and deeply, transform the group," said Elira Girard in an interview with Echos in July. "The post-Covid acceleration of digital migration into the cloud is absolutely phenomenal (...) Atos enjoys this acceleration, but for half of its activity," he explained.

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