CHESEREX, SWITZERLAND - November 5, 2004: Ajilon France, the professional staffing and managed services subsidiary of Adecco SA, the world's largest HR Solutions provider, acquired yesterday Sydelis, a Paris-based IT consulting company. Sydelis will be integrated into the IT services division of Ajilon France. The acquisition is expected to double the size of Ajilon France's current IT business, with combined sales of more than EUR 40 million in 2003.
Sydelis provides IT consulting services in applications development, applications maintenance, and systems maintenance.
Jérôme Caille, CEO of Adecco SA said: "Sydelis is a well run profitable business, which will significantly contribute to the success of Ajilon IT in the French market, allowing us to achieve new levels of service for our clients".
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Adecco S.A. is a Forbes 500 company and the global leader in HR Solutions. The Adecco Group network connects 700,000 associates with business clients each day through its network of 28,000 employees and around 6,000 offices in 71 territories around the world. Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, the Adecco Group delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to corporate clients and qualified associates.
The Adecco Group comprises three Divisions, Adecco Staffing, Ajilon Professional and LHH Career Services. In Adecco Staffing, the Adecco Staffing network focuses on flexible staffing solutions for global industries in transition, including automotive, banking, electronics, logistics and telecommunications; Ajilon Professional offers an unrivalled range of specialized branded businesses and LHH Career Services encompasses our portfolio of outplacement and coaching.
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About Ajilon Worldwide
Worldwide, Ajilon has professional staffing and managed services divisions in several disciplines including finance and accounting, legal, high-end office support, information technology, communications, sales and marketing, engineering and more. Ajilon has more than 450 offices operating in 18 countries in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information can be found on the World Wide Web at www.ajilon.com
Founded in 1981 by Gérard Mocquant, the Sydelis Group employs 250 people company and had a turnover of €17.8 million in 2003.
Sydelis is an IT services company based in France. It has an extensive service offering (consulting, time and materials services, project development) and works on different technological platforms and applications (mainframe, client-server, internet, J2E/.net.). It successfully develops projects for large accounts in the following areas: IT systems for business management (specific applications, software based applications, ERP.), technical infrastructures and architecture, scientific/technical and embedded software. Amongst their clients are large banks and insurance companies together with some of the most important industrial and services groups.
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