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Altran Group Appoints Frank Kern as Chief Executive Officer

NEW JERSEY & BANGALORE, Oct. 8, 2012 – The Altran Group® today announced the appointment of Frank Kern, a veteran of IBM, as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective immediately. He will succeed current CEO Sudip Nandy, who will be transitioning to a new role as the Altran Group’s Chairman of India and will be based in Bangalore, India.

“The Altran Group has been a fantastic growth story, and we are grateful to Sudip for his leadership. We are equally thrilled that Frank Kern will be leading the Altran Group in its next phase of development and growth. Frank brings with him an outstanding track record of leading and growing global businesses, and taking them from one level to the next. We are confident that he is a perfect fit to keep up the momentum that has made the Altran Group a partner of choice for its clients and to build upon the company’s successes to date,” Jamie Greene, Member of KKR, and a member of the Altran Group Board of Directors, said.

The Altran Group is a global innovation and technology services company that helps clients to imagine, commercialize, and evolve products and services for the connected world. The company has more than 11,000 employees at 37 locations worldwide, and its clients include leading network equipment manufacturers, mobile device manufacturers, service providers, as well as innovative companies in industry verticals propelled by connectivity, such as finance, media and entertainment, healthcare, and automotive.

During Mr. Nandy’s tenure as CEO, the Altran Group has grown rapidly. Under his leadership, the company has grown revenues and profits, and the Altran Group revenue is now double the size since when it was formed in September 2006. In addition, the company expanded its operations globally and increased its employee base by nearly 3,500 people under Mr. Nandy’s leadership.

Mr. Kern retired from IBM earlier this year after a distinguished career that included senior roles around the globe, including Australia, China, Japan, Europe, as well as New York and California in the USA. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, a role in which he managed all aspects of global operations for this $19 billion global consulting division with 110,000 employees.

“I’m honored to join the Altran Group at such an exciting time. Altran is an amazing company with the best talent you can find. The design and innovation work by frog is without parallel, and the engineering skills that exist in Altran for the connected world are unique and special. The company plays a critical role in building and sustaining networks and devices that support mobile communications and create new ways for people to interact through technology. The Altran Group has a great foundation, thanks to the work of Sudip and his team, and a terrific future. I look forward to working with the team to continue the company’s tradition of providing outstanding value and innovative services to its clients and helping them succeed,” said Mr. Kern.   

Mr. Nandy will be returning to India to serve in a newly created position as Chairman of India.  In this role, he will support the Altran Group’s growing business operations in India.

“Altran is a company with unique capabilities. We help clients pursue successful innovation and create cutting-edge products in a connected world. I have enjoyed shaping the Altran Group where we combine the best engineering and innovation services both globally and locally,” said Mr. Nandy.

About Frank Kern

Frank Kern has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Altran Group, effective October 8, 2012 and will also join the Altran Group Board of Directors.

Mr. Kern had a long career starting in sales and continuing in positions of increasing responsibility with the IBM Corporation. In his most recent role, he led Global Business Services, a $19 billion business unit with 110,000 employees that encompassed consulting, systems integration, and application capabilities, and supported clients around the world in all major industries. Prior to that position, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution, leading IBM’s worldwide sales organization, with responsibility for over $100 billion of corporate revenues as well as client satisfaction in 170 countries.

Mr. Kern was located in Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan, where he led the Asia Pacific region from 2003 through early 2008. Before his work in Asia, Mr. Kern was located in Paris, France, from 1998 through 2003, and managed the operations of IBM’s Global Business Services unit for Europe, Middle East & Africa. From 1995 through 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of IBM Global Services in Australia.

Mr. Kern is a graduate of Bucknell University and received an MBA degree from Syracuse University.  

About Altran

Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industriesto help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.

Web site: https://northamerica.altran.com
Twitter: @altran
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/altran

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