Atos has appointed Peter ’t Jong as CEO of its Benelux & The Nordics business unit. ’t Jong, who has been with the technology advisory firm for over 15 years, succeeds Rob Pols, who has decided to pursue other personal interests.
Peter ‘t Jong joined Atos in 2001, after he served as CIO of Lucent Technologies. In his first role at Atos, ‘t Jong was responsible for the Managed Operations division in the Netherlands. Under his leadership the number of clients doubled and the unit’s footprint grew substantially after several new (outsourced) operations were integrated into the firm’s portfolio, following which ‘t Jong was named COO and Executive Vice President Sales & Client Management. After a spell serving as head of Atos in Germany he took on the role of CEO of the Managed Services practice in the Benelux. Most recently he held the role of Executive Vice President Managed Services Germany.
In his new position ‘t Jong will lead the Benelux & The Nordics operations of Atos. He will in addition be responsible for the execution of the firm’s GROW-strategy, which was launched under the leadership of his predecessor, the Dutchman Rob Pols. The strategic roadmap focuses on innovation, enriching the expertise of employees, and a new way of working with a strong customer focus – with the transition the firm seeks to capitalise on the changing landscape in the IT industry. According to research by Atos, the coming five to ten years will see a wave of high impact digital and technology trends come into play, with the potential of reshaping the make-up of the industry.
Peter ‘t Jong is looking forward to his new function. “It is great to lead the company I started with 15 years ago. Atos in the Benelux & The Nordics is well positioned a lot and I look forward to accelerate the roll out of our GROW-strategy.”
Atos says in a press release that it is delighted with the fact that the CEO has come from its own ranks: “Peter 't Jong has a long experience within Atos, which ensures a smooth transfer of tasks and responsibilities as well as business continuity.”
In order to support the transfer of tasks, responsibilities and client relationships, Pols will support his successor ‘t Jong until early 2017 in an advisory role. Pols led Atos in the Netherlands since 2007, and later on took the helm of the Benelux & The Nordics business unit. After the transition period he will focus on his next step – a career as an independent consultant.
Globally Atos has around 100,000 professionals in 72 countries, active in the area of Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services.