Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Death of Serge Kampf, founder of Capgemini – Les Echos

At the age of eighty-one years, Serge Kampf has died in his hometown of Grenoble. The iconic boss is known to have founded the French group Capgemini IT services, one of the most beautiful French entrepreuneriales successes – 12 billion euros in turnover in 2015 – but also for being one of great patrons of french rugby.

in 1967, it holds a dual degree in economics and law starts in entrepreneurship founding the company Sogeti, specializing in computer technical support with three former employees of Bull. A strength of acquisitions and restructurings, Sogeti has become the Capgemini Group. These operations include, in particular the acquisition of Cap Gemini and Computer Systems in 1975. In 2011, nearly forty-five years after its founding, the group realized a turnover of 9.7 billion euros and employed 120,000 people worldwide.

it was just before Serge Kampf, then aged 77, leaves the presidency of the group in 2012, leaving the dual CEO Director General at the time, Paul Hermelin. This holds also always the same functions. Serge Kampf has nonetheless kept an eye on the business and the strategy until his death, according to the group. Indeed, this was the only patron of the CAC 40 to have founded his company was still vice president of the board of directors and honorary president of Capgemini.

” a builder as there are so few “

” Serge was an exceptional man, a builder as there are so few. It includes from the outset of our business that it is men who give value to the technology, “ has responded his successor at the head of Capgemini, Paul Hermelin. The President François Hollande, for his part hailed “a great entrepreneur. Founder of Capgemini, he made one of the jewels of the French economy and a global company. He had known, before the others, anticipate industrial revolutions of the late twentieth century “

Passionate rugby. – It would even be inspired by the values ​​of this sport to build those of the group – Serge Kampf was also supported, clubs Biarritz and Grenoble (FCG), and the international selection of Barbarians. He even released 500,000 euros from his pocket in 2011 to save the club Bourgoin in Isère. “It was a very generous but also very discreet. It is a great loss for the FCG and the whole of French rugby, “ has responded the president of Grenoble Rugby Club, Marc Chérèque.

Stephen Goetz


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