CGI Group Inc.

CGI Group Inc.

August 28, 2012 08:36 ET

CGI to Open IT Center of Excellence in Athens, Ohio

Center expands CGI commitment to state and will add 150 new technology jobs over the next three years

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) - CGI Group Inc. (NYSE:GIB)(TSX:GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced it will establish an information technology center of excellence in Athens, Ohio, in January 2013. The center will employ 150 IT professionals over the next three years, expanding CGI's footprint in Ohio to 600 employees and boosting regional economic development. The company will begin recruiting for the new center this fall, targeting both experienced IT professionals and college graduates, including veterans and military family members.

The new CGI Ohio Onshore Center of Excellence will extend CGI's capabilities to support both government and commercial enterprises in Ohio, the Midwest and the nation. Services will include application development, maintenance, testing, support and integration. The center will be located at the Stateside Technology Park and employ software developers, IT specialists and business analysts. The new center is also made possible by economic development incentives at the state and local level including the Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit approved today by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

"CGI's new Ohio Onshore Center of Excellence underscores our long-term commitment to the state," said Pete Ihrig, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, CGI. "We look forward to expanding our presence and capabilities through strong partnerships with JobsOhio and the Athens County Economic Development Council, as well as local institutions of higher learning like Ohio University and Hocking College."

"Ohio's growing technology sector is a magnet for companies such as CGI that benefit from access to a well-trained IT workforce and strong business environment," said Mark D. Kvamme, President and Interim Chief Investment Officer for JobsOhio, the private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio's job creation efforts. "We are excited about CGI's commitment to Ohio and look forward to helping in their continued success."

"This is a great opportunity for Athens," said Sara Marrs, Director, Athens County Economic Development Council, a public-private partnership committed to increasing economic opportunity. "CGI's new Ohio onshore center will help diversify our economic base, give our college grads more opportunities to live locally, and give businesses throughout the U.S. the ability to source more IT work in America's heartland."

About CGI's U.S. onshore delivery model

CGI's unique U.S. onshore IT delivery model is a win-win proposition by providing high-quality, affordable IT resources to its clients, while creating good jobs where they are needed most for the nation. Since 2006, CGI has created 850 such jobs at three onshore IT services delivery centers in Belton, TX, Lebanon, VA and Troy, AL. In addition to providing hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity in these communities, the facilities also create magnets for other technology jobs and keep skilled technology expertise in the U.S.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the sixth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 72,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as more than 100 proprietary solutions. With combined annualized revenue of approximately $10.4 billion and an estimated order backlog of approximately $17.7 billion, CGI's shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website:

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