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TORONTO, July 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business processing services, announced today that it has entered into a 6-year, $50 million IT outsourcing contract with Rexel Group, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, headquartered in Paris, France.
This new agreement, which will support productivity improvements, establishes CGI as not only one of the preferred IT suppliers for Rexel's Canadian operations, but also for Rexel's US operations. This contract builds on one of CGI's longest outsourcing relationships. In 1997, CGI entered into an agreement with Westburne Industrial Enterprises Ltd., which was acquired in September 2000 by Rexel Canada.
"CGI has been a long-time partner for our Canadian operations, and has consistently delivered services of outstanding quality," said Olivier Baldassari, Global CIO, Rexel Group. "This agreement with CGI is a stepping-stone in our global plan for greater consolidation and will bring increased efficiencies to our North American business."
CGI professionals will provide Rexel Group's North American operations with a broad range of professional services including primarily technology infrastructure management, and some application maintenance and support, as well as some consulting and system integration services such as support of Rexel's mission-critical ERP and business intelligence applications in Canada.
An (euro) 11.3 billion company, Rexel Group's overall growth strategy is to bolster its position in its key markets and consolidate its leadership in the distribution of electrical supplies while fostering proximity with customers worldwide.
"We're very proud to work with a global leader like Rexel, and we're thrilled to see our relationship grow to include Rexel's US operations," said Doug McCuaig, CGI's Canadian President. "Going forward, we plan to leverage our comprehensive global portfolio of services to further assist Rexel in advancing their market position."
CGI helps wholesale and distribution companies build, implement and manage the complex business and IT strategies critical to succeeding in today's marketplace. CGI's comprehensive professional services transform operations in areas such as enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, transportation and logistics, and order management. From individual projects that deliver specific transformation to full transformative outsourcing services in areas such as technology and applications hosting and call center support, CGI's distribution and retail expertise and flexible global delivery model allow clients to adapt, win and grow.
About Rexel Group
Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, serves three main end markets: industrial, commercial and residential. The Group operates in 34 countries, with a network of some 2,200 branches, and employs 28,000 people. Rexel's sales were (euro)11.3 billion in 2009. Its majority shareholders are an investor group led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and BAML Capital Partners. Rexel is listed on the Eurolist market of Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker RXL, ISIN code FR0010451203). It is integrated in the following indices: NEXT 150, SBF 120, and CAC Mid 100.
For more information, visit Rexel's web site at www.rexel.com.
About Rexel Canada Inc.
Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. is a subsidiary of the REXEL group, a world leader in the distribution of electrical products. Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. operates throughout Canada under two banners, NEDCO and WESTBURNE. With more than $1 billion in annualized sales and 2200 employees throughout Canada, it represents more than 1200 suppliers and serves customers through an extensive 211 branch network. Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. is the largest national wholesale distributor of electrical material, which includes a wide range of quality products.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. As of March 31, 2010, CGI's order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index.
All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of section 138.3 and following of the Ontario Securities Act. These statements and this information represent CGI's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan," and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information. You will find more information about the risks that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from our current expectations in the Risks and Uncertainties section.
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