Eutelsat’s CEO Rodolphe Belmer has notified its board of directors that he will step down at the beginning of 2022. At the same time, he has been appointed CEO and board member at Atos, with his term in office beginning no later than January 20 next year.
Meanwhile, Elie Girard, the current CEO and a board member at Atos, has decided to resign after a period of intense transformation at the group.
Belmer has been CEO at Eutelsat since March 2016 and the process of recruiting a successor will begin immediately.
Dominique D’Hinnin, chairman of the board of Eutelsat, said: “Rodolphe has made a fantastic contribution to the development of Eutelsat during his more than five years at its helm, putting the company on the strong financial and strategic footing on which it finds itself today. It has been my great personal pleasure to work alongside Rodolphe, and I thank him warmly for his contribution to Eutelsat on behalf of the entire Board. We are fully focused on finding a successor to Rodolphe who will continue to lead the company on this strategic path”.
Belmer added: “It has been my great pleasure to lead this fantastic company for the last six years and to executing its telecom pivot. It has been an exciting time both professionally and also personally. The women and men of this company have shared with me their passion for space, their attachment to the European industry and their full commitment to the great, collective project that is Eutelsat”.
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 107,000 employees and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. It is the leading cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing group in Europe and provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries.
Effective Monday, October 25, Pierre Barnabé and Adrian Gregory are appointed interim co-CEOs until Rodolphe Belmer takes office.
Bertrand Meunier, chairman of the board of directors of Atos, chairman of the nomination and governance committee, said: “the board of directors warmly thanks Elie Girard for the deep transformation work he has undertaken over the past two years and his management of the group and its employees during the Covid crisis. In view of the challenges facing Atos, we have appointed Rodolphe Belmer for his strategic acumen and his proven leadership and operational efficiency, as well as his ability to successfully lead complex transformations”.