Bernard Bourigeaud is behind the creation and development of one of the world’s largest IT services and payments groups, Axime, which was formed in 1991 following the mergers with SITB, Sodinforg and Segin. He transformed the company through a strong growth policy: creating Atos following the acquisition of Sligos in 1996; merging Atos with Origin in November 2000; acquiring KPMG Consulting in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in 2002; buying out Schlumberger Sema in 2003; and finally, acquiring Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC) in 2006. By the time he stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin, the company had annual revenues of €5.6 billion and employed more than 55,000 people in over 50 countries.
Currently Bernard is Chairman of consultancy firm BJB Consulting, founded in January 2008. He is a private investor in several European technology companies and acts as a guide in their ongoing development. Bernard is also a director of several publicly traded companies, including CGI in Canada and Automic in Austria. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Jefferies, a New York investment bank.
He was appointed to the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2011 and is also a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris and an affiliate professor. Bernard is Chairman of CEPS (Center for Long-Term Strategic Studies), an international and independent think tank. He is an advisor to the National Committee of French Foreign Trade and in 2004, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.