Technology >> CEO Interviews >> December 1, 2003


PIERRE PASQUIER is the Chief Executive Officer of Sopra Group as well as one of its Founders. He has been instrumental in building and developing Sopra Group into a highly regarded systems and solutions integration company, which consists of designing, implementing and maintaining all or part of an information system in response to a specific demand from customers. He has more than 30 years' experience in executive management and development of IT services. During the 1960s, the Savoy region of France was a hotbed of technological innovation. Mr. Pasquier and Franois Odin (majority shareholders for the group) opened Sopra Group operations in Annecy, France, in 1968. From the outset, technical creativity and a dedicated work ethic marked the small company. Spearheaded by Mr. Pasquier's enthusiasm for innovation and dedication to high-quality service, the group developed offerings in the banking, telecom, utilities and services, retail, and public sectors as well as proprietary solutions for the banking, human resources and real estate sectors. Internal growth and client demand fueled the establishment of numerous agencies in all major French cities, today a source of deep- rooted strength for the firm. By 1985, Sopra Group was expanding into other European countries as well. In 1990, the company was listed on the Paris Bourse. Today, Sopra Group boasts more than 6,000 employees. Mr. Pasquier, through Sopra Group, is a member of the Syntec (French organization for IT services companies), acts as Chairman for Axway Software (wholly owned EAI subsidiary of Sopra Group) and Orga Consultants (wholly owned consulting subsidiary of Sopra Group) and is a member of the Board for Sopra GMT (holding company for shares belonging to P. Pasquier and F. Odin ). Profile
TWST: Can we start with a brief historical sketch of your company and

work up to the things you're doing now?

Mr. Pasquier: Sopra Group was created in France in 1968. From the

outset, we were