European leader in managed services - French group LINKBYNET inaugurates its new North-American head office in Greater Montréal

MONTREAL, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - French group LINKBYNET, a European leader in managed services, yesterday inaugurated its new North-American head office in Greater Montréal. The new LINKBYNET North America, benefiting from the assistance of Montréal International to establish itself in the Montréal metropolitan region, plans to employ 65 people within the next three years, an investment estimated at close to $8 million.

The arrival of LINKBYNET in the Québec metropolis is the result of a proactive international development strategy, and indicates the company's plan to move into the North-American market in order to better serve its clients. The opening of a subsidiary in the Greater Montréal region will also enable LINKBYNET to prospect new clients, work with talented new partners, and further its research and development (R&D) in the field of private and public cloud computing solutions.

Founded in 2000, LINKBYNET specializes in application outsourcing, providing powerful, high-quality solutions to its clients. Historically active in the eBusiness market, specifically through the 24/7 hosting of major eBusiness sites, LINKBYNET also manages its clients' data systems.

Since its inception, LINKBYNET has seen its sales figure grow by an average of 30% annually and has over 800 clients, from SMEs to large multinationals. Today, LINKBYNET has over 340 employees; the company posted sales of $30 million in 2010.

"Thanks to attractive operating costs and a wealth of skilled labour, the Greater Montréal region is a logical choice for us to ensure the sustained growth of our activities. I would like to underline the assistance of Montréal International and the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada in this project," stated Julien Trassard, General Manager of LINKBYNET North America.

"Attracting and retaining talent and businesses is a major challenge for large cities. Montréal must therefore offer a highly competitive and dynamic business environment to meet the needs of such talent. Our economic system, which is primarily focused on the industrial clusters and collaboration, is a recognized asset that will serve LINKBYNET well and ensure its ongoing development," said Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal [Montréal Metropolitan Community].

"The inauguration of the North-American head office of LINKBYNET reinforces our city's reputation as a world leader in the information and communications technologies industry. It also emphasizes the appeal of Greater Montréal for companies wishing to establish a lasting presence on the North-American market," emphasized Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International.

About LINKBYNET
Founded in 2000 by Patrick and Stéphane Aisenberg, LINKBYNET specializes in the hosting, outsourcing and 24/7 operation of eBusiness solutions. An early innovator in cloud computing in 2007, LINKBYNET offers custom powerful, high-quality services to businesses. Since its inception, LINKBYNET has gained the trust of major clients through its exemplary customer service. Over 96% of clients renew their subscriptions with LINKBYNET. With over 340 employees in France, Canada and Mauritius, LINKBYNET has an annual growth figure of close to 30%.

LINKBYNET is conscious of its duties in terms of social involvement and sustainable development, and takes concrete measures in this regard: http://green.linkbynet.com/. For more information, visit the website at http://www.linkbynet.com/en/.

About Montréal International
Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $8 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, close to 45,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of the 70 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and, attract and retain, close to 5,500 qualified foreign workers. To learn more, please visit MI Web site at: www.montrealinternational.com.


SOURCE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL

For further information:

Benoît Lefèvre
Communications Advisor
Montréal International
Tel.: +1 514 987-9323
benoit.lefevre@montrealinternational.com
  Julien TRASSARD
General Manager
LINKBYNET NORTH AMERICA
Tel.: +1 514 284 6256
Tel. (France): +33 1 48 13 21 10
j.trassard@linkbynet.com

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