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Atos hires Accenture veteran Yves Bernaert to lead corporate split

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Atos, one of Europe’s largest IT services firms, has hired long-time Accenture executive Yvnes Bernaert as CEO.

The leadership change comes at an important time for the French company.

Atos has more than 100,000 employees worldwide who generated about €11 billion in fee income last year. The firm takes on a range of IT projects for clients: it can manage an enterprise’s data centers, set up cloud environments and build custom applications, to name just a few of its focus areas.

Bernaert is joining Atos as the company prepares to wrap up its previously announced plan to split into two firms. 

The first firm, Tech Foundations, will have about 52,000 employees. Its main focus will be helping big companies maintain their IT infrastructure in the cloud and on-premises.

The other company spinning out of Atos will be called Eviden. It will focus on trendier, and higher-margin, parts of the IT industry like the cybersecurity and data analytics segments.

Bernaert is joining Atos after nine years at the helm of Accenture’s European tech consulting group. While at the group, he drove double-digit revenue growth by increasing its focus on cloud computing, cybersecurity and analytics.

Bernaert remarked in a prepared statement that “I am delighted to be joining the Atos Group. After more than 30 years in the technology sector, I am well aware that Atos possesses strong assets, and I have great respect for the world-renowned skills of its teams.”