Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO, ATOS
Former Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry, France

A former Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry of France, Thierry Breton is currently Chairman and CEO of ATOS SE, an international IT services company with annual revenues of € 13 billion and 120,000 employees in 73 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, payment services, consulting, system integration and managed services. Atos is the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games.

Appointed Chairman and CEO in November 2008, Thierry Breton has led the transformation of the company to improve its operational performance and drive innovation that delivers value for clients, which include multi-national blue chip companies and leading public sector organisations. Thierry Breton has also completed the acquisition of Siemens IT Solutions and Services to create a new global IT champion, as well as the acquisition of Bull in 2014 and Xerox ITO in 2015.

In his career Thierry Breton has held a number of senior positions in business, politics and academia. Most recently, before joining Atos, he was a professor at Harvard Business School, teaching leadership and corporate accountability. From 2005 to 2007, he served as France’s Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry. As Minister, he significantly reduced the French public debt for the first time in 30 years, reached a primary budgetary surplus, decreased taxes and unemployment, and focused on privatisations and on investment on new growth territories such as non-tangible assets. From 2002 to 2005, he was chairman and CEO of France Telecom where he is recognised for turning the business around and reducing debt from 68 billion to 35 billion euros.

From 1997 to 2002, he was Chairman and CEO of Thomson, where he is credited with increasing the value of the company. From 1993 to 1997, he was at Honeywell Bull Group, where, as a SEVP for strategy, he helped to reposition the company before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board. Thierry Breton began his career as an entrepreneur in New York, where he created software company Forma Systems. He is a member of many Boards of Directors, including Carrefour in France, Sonatel in Africa, SATS in Singapore and is a member of Bank of America Global Advisory Council since 2012 in the US.

Thierry has won much industry recognition, including receiving the prestigious French Légion d’Honneur (Commandeur) and was elected as President of the French National Association for Research and Technology (ANRT) and Member to the National Academy of Technologies (France) in 2015. He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in 2004 and, in the same year, named European Business Leader of the Year. He is Grand Officier in the French National Order of Merit since 2012. In January 2010, the Harvard Business Review published a list of The 100 Best-performing CEOs in the World in which Thierry Breton was one of the few Europeans to be awarded. The author of many books about information technology and the economy, Thierry Breton is a graduate of SUPELEC in Paris, holding a master degree both in electrical engineering and computer science. He is also a graduate of the French Institute for Higher National Defense (IHEDN).