OP-Pohjola signs application development and maintenance Agreements with Accenture and CGI

OP-Pohjola signs application development and maintenance Agreements with 
Accenture and CGI 
HELSINKI, FINLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 10/01/13 -- OP-Pohjola
announced that it has signed application development and maintenance
agreements with CGI (NYSE:GIB) (TSX:GIB.A) and Accenture.
OP-Pohjola's information and communications technology (ICT) services
transformation plan and related letters of intent signed with
Accenture and CGI were announced on September 2, 2013. 
The OP-Pohjola ICT services transformation plan is a continuation of
the efficiency-enhancement program launched within OP-Pohjola Group
Central Cooperative Consolidated last autumn and form an important
part of the efforts to improve the group's future competitiveness. 
Approximately 275 application development and maintenance employees
from OP Services Ltd, which provides services to the group, will
transfer to a joint venture formed between OP-Pohjola and Accenture
under comparable employment terms and conditions. Correspondingly,
220 application development and maintenance employees from OP
Services Ltd will transfer to a joint venture formed between
OP-Pohjola and CGI under comparable employment terms and conditions.
Accenture and CGI will have operating responsibility for the joint
ventures starting November 1, 2013. 
OP-Pohjola Group in brief  
OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group
providing a unique range of banking, investment and insurance
services. The Group's mission is to promote the sustainable
prosperity, well-being and security of its owner-members, customers
and operating regions through its local presence. Its objective is to
offer the best and most versatile package of loyal customer benefits
on the market. OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 200 member
cooperative banks and the Group's central institution, OP-Pohjola
Group Central Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and closely-related
companies, the largest of which is the listed company Pohjola Bank
plc. The Group has a staff of 13,000. OP-Pohjola Group posted
earnings before tax of EUR 601 million in 2012 and had total assets
of EUR 99.8 billion on 31 December 2012. The Group has over four
million customers. 
About CGI  
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent
information technology and business process services firm in the
world. Approximately 69,000 professionals serve thousands of global
clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe
and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services
including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration,
application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as
well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annualized
revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$18
billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE
(GIB).Website: www.cgi.com. 
About Accenture  
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving
clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled
experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and
business functions, and extensive research on the world's most
successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help
them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company
generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended
Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.  
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Contacts:
CGI-Investors and media
Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice-President, Global Communications
and Investor Relations
lorne.gorber@cgi.com
+1 514-841-3355 
CGI-Local media
Heikki Nikku
Senior Vice President, CGI Finland
heikki.nikku@cgi.com
+358 400 500 782 
OP-Pohjola
Petri Imberg
Senior Vice President
+358 (0)10 252 8944 
Accenture Finland
Hetta Huittinen
Communications Lead
Accenture Finland
+358 (0)40 137 3954