Orange Business Services Secures Multimillion, 5-year IT Contract Extension from AkzoNobel

  Orange Business Services Secures Multimillion, 5-year IT Contract Extension
  from AkzoNobel

Orange Business Services supports AkzoNobel in accelerating global application
                 consolidation for 50,000 employees globally

Business Wire

PARIS -- October 7, 2013

AkzoNobel, market leader in global paints and coatings and major producer of
specialty chemicals, optimizes performance through IT services provided by
Orange Business Services. The company signed a multimillion euro, 5-year
contract extension with Orange Business Services. The agreement covers secure
and scalable IT infrastructure services that will support AkzoNobel in
reaching its objectives as a global company, connecting 50,000 employees
across 1,200-plus sites in dozens of countries.

A robust and flexible network to support AkzoNobel’s global operations and

AkzoNobel’s extension with Orange Business Services is the result of a
successful ten-year collaboration between both companies. The new agreement
contains a scalable private network for AkzoNobel’s existing 1200-plus sites,
including a global security solution. Also included are managed LAN services,
managed application acceleration services and a fully managed immersive
telepresence solution for 11 main offices around the globe to enhance global
collaboration. These services are covered by Integrated Service Management and
the dedicated Orange 24x7 helpdesk, including enhanced capabilities to support
multiple local languages for selected emerging regions in Latin America and

Moreover, one of AkzoNobel’s ambitions is to build on its leadership and grow
towards 50% of total revenues coming from high-growth markets – a goal that
Orange Business Services is optimally positioned to support based on its
unrivalled global reach and presence, as well as continued strategic

Optimized performance, foundation for global consolidation and innovation

AkzoNobel is progressing to accelerate its strategy of consolidating the
global business-critical applications within the IT landscape, supporting its
global business processes. Through the integrated use of various global
networking components combined with application acceleration technology, this
agreement helps AkzoNobel to reach those objectives by increasing transparency
and agility, while optimizing performance and saving costs.

“We are constantly looking for ways to better leverage our global scale, focus
on end-user segments and to support further growth in both mature and
high-growth markets,” said Pieter Schoehuijs, CIO AkzoNobel. “Orange Business
Services is the right partner to support us in reaching these ambitions. We’ve
been working together for ten years now and during this period, Orange
Business Services has been on the forefront when it comes to reliable and
innovative IT solutions globally. Orange Business Services has proven to
understand our business requirements, matching those to the right IT
solutions, helping us achieve our goals.”

“We are very happy with the extension of AkzoNobel, allowing us to continue
bringing real business value to one of the world’s leading companies as well
as our longtime client,” said Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange
Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. “The agreement which additionally
includes enhancements to our global delivery SLAs, underpins our industry
leading position in customer satisfaction and strengthens our unwavering
commitment to operational excellence. Through continuous improvement and
innovation we’re able to support AkzoNobel in further consolidations that will
drive agility and cost reduction. We are fully committed to support the
company in this journey.”

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers
for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux,
Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of
sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people
around the world are committed todelivering leading products and technologies
to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a
leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational
corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network for voice and data,
Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local
support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services
covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified
communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services
delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape.
Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an
Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and
conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom
industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 –
Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award. Orange
Business Services is a five-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual
sales of €43.5 billion in 2012 and has 168,000 employees worldwide at June 30,
2013. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New
York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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