Strengthening of the Board of Directors

27 January 2009
Paris, France
Appointment of Eric d’Hotelans

ESI Group (ISIN FR0004110310), a pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today the strengthening of its Board of Directors, with the appointment of Eric d’Hotelans as an independent director.

A graduate in economic sciences, Eric d’Hotelans began his career with Olivetti, spent nine years with Matra Informatique and ten with Tandem, where he was the director of the Emea Finance Business Unit. In 1998, he decided to join CMG, one of the oldest European IT Services companies, as a member of the executive committee, where he created CMG France, the group’s French subsidiary, of which he became the chairman. Eric d’Hotelans left the CMG group in 2003, following its acquisition by UK group Logica. He then participated in the development of an investment fund based in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), specialising in the research and analysis of IT- related activities.

Since November 2003, Eric d’Hotelans has been Deputy Chairman of M6 group’s board of Directors, in charge of management.
The appointment of Eric d’Hotelans as an independent director on the ESI Group’s Board is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting of 25th June 2009.

Alain de Rouvray, ESI Group’s Chairman and CEO, concludes: “We are very pleased and proud that Eric d’Hotelans has chosen to join our Board. His expertise, which is based on both his knowledge of IT business lines and his experience in management and administrative support activities, will be a valuable asset for us in pursuing our development. This appointment fulfils our desire to strengthen our good governance practices and to cover, thanks to the expertise of our directors, the main management fields of an international company. ESI Group’s Board now has five independent directors who are perfectly qualified to help our management team profit from their vast experience.”

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