Atos's CFO Elie Girard to replace CEO Thierry Breton after EU candidacy

Atos SE Chief Financial Officer Elie Girard will replace Thierry Breton as chief executive officer following Breton's candidacy to be France's next EU commissioner, the IT consulting group's board said in a statement on Thursday.

PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Atos SE ATOS.PA Chief Financial Officer Elie Girard will replace Thierry Breton as chief executive officer following Breton's candidacy to be France's next EU commissioner, the IT consulting group's board said in a statement on Thursday.

Girard will formally succeed Breton from Nov. 1, the board said. Breton will be non-executive chairman of the group.

In the event Breton is confirmed as commissioner by the European Parliament, Bertrand Meunier, one of board members will replace Breton as non-executive chairman.

(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain)

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