Founder and Former CEO of ATOS Origin
President of the HEC Paris Leadership Center
Bernard Bourigeaud is a successful serial entrepreneur with extensive financial and operational experience including restructuring, bolt-on acquisitions and building global businesses – the largest was Atos Origin which Bernard founded. During his career, Bernard has overseen many successful mergers and acquisitions. He believes that the success of any merger is reliant on strong leadership and a clear business strategy that is communicated to employees, clients and the marketplace of the companies involved. A newly merged company needs a focused, visible and approachable leader who understands employees’ concerns at the grass roots of the company. Those companies that merge successfully are those that look after their employees.
Bernard’s chain of successful mergers began in 1991 when he conducted the merger of SITB, Sodinforg and Segin leading to the creation of Axime, of which he became chairman. In 1996 he was responsible for Axime’s acquisition of Sligos and the subsequent formation of Atos, of which he was chairman and CEO. In November 2000 he merged Atos with Origin, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, creating Atos Origin. In 2002 he completed the acquisition of KPMG Consulting in the UK and the Netherlands, now operating in these two countries under the name of Atos Consulting. In 2003 Bernard led Atos Origin’s acquisition of SchlumbergerSema to create a leading global IT services company, with annual revenues of €5 billion. Finally, in 2006 he completed the acquisition of Banksys and BCC (Bank Card Company), creating a leadership role in Europe for the payments industry. Bernard resigned as Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin at the end of September 2007.
Prior to joining Axime, Bernard spent 11 years at Deloitte Haskins and Sells where he headed the management consulting group and subsequently all the French operations. Preceding this, he worked eight years for the agribusiness company Continental Grain carrying out various general management assignments in Europe, of which five years in the UK. Bernard’s career began with the French bank, CIC, and Price Waterhouse.
In January 2008, Bernard established his own CEO to CEO consultancy business under the name of BJB Consulting. He is also a private investor in technology companies across Europe.
Bernard is an operating partner of Advent International, a leading global private equity firm. He advises Advent on investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies in the technology, financial services and corporate services sectors. In December 2011, Bernard was appointed non-executive Chairman of Oberthur Technologies Holding and non-executive Vice Chairman of Oberthur Technologies SA. Together with Advent International, Bernard is an investor of Oberthur Technologies, which is active in the Telecoms, Payment, Identity, Transport and Digital TV markets.
Bernard holds positions on various boards:
In August 2011 he was elected a member of the Governing Board of the International Paralympics Committee through co-optation.
In April 2011 he was appointed a member of the Investment Banking & Capital Markets Senior Advisory Board of Jefferies International, a global securities and investment banking group.
In June 2010 after serving three years on the board of CEPS (Centre d'Etude et Prospective Stratégique), an independent and multidisciplinary think tank based in France, Bernard was appointed President.
In May 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, which is publicly listed in Madrid.
In September 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of technology and business process services, with its headquarters in Montreal.
In 2007 he was appointed Affiliate Professor at HEC School of Management in Paris and he is also a member of HEC’s International Advisory Board.
Bernard is currently advisor to the National Committee of French Foreign Trade (CNCCEF).
In addition to his previous directorships on the board of Atos Origin S.A. and its subsidiary companies, Bernard has also served on the boards of Business Objects, SNT (a subsidiary of KPN), Hagemeyer, Neopost, TIBCO Software and CCMX. He was also a Member of the French National Economics Commission. During 2008 and 2009 he was Senior Advisor to Apax Partners in France.
A qualified chartered accountant, Bernard has a degree in economics and management. In 2004 he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Bernard is a keen, competitive tennis player. He is also a lover of good wine and has a formidable collection of excellent vintage wines in his cellar at home in Brussels where he lives with his wife Mary-Annick.