Former CTO of CGI Laurent Allard is named CEO of OVH

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To become the leader of "digital as a service", the French group OVH announces the nomination of Laurent Allard as CEO. OVH founder and former CEO Octave Klaba will serve as CTO and chairman.

Octave Klaba writes the melodies and I assume the role as the conductor of the orchestra creating a score performed by 1,000 virtuosos today and more tomorrow.

The arrival of Laurent Allard is a continuation of the strategy initiated several years ago by OVH to become a key player in digital as a service on the world stage.

Massive investments in the development of its datacenter and network infrastructures, launching branches in North America and a sustained recruitment policy in Europe have allowed the company to become a recognized international firm.

Today, at fifteen, the enterprise experiences a growth of nearly 30% per year and will soon have 1000 employees, OVH has plans to meet the new challenges imposed on businesses in the digital revolution. Technology as a service in conjunction with an innovative business model is in effect reshuffling the cards in the economic world. New opportunities and new leaders appear suddenly forcing all players to respond quickly.

OVH therefore wishes to strengthen and redeploy its array of digital tools services to respond to all actors in the ecosystem (designers, developing businesses, public organizations, to large international groups in transformation) while accompanying startups and the emergence of new concepts.

Achieving this goal requires reinforcement in innovation and R&D, as well as significant growth and a transformation of teams and their expertise.

“Becoming a leader of digital as a service, is to be the one that catalyzes the ecosystem, to be the reference in both innovation as well as one who can carry and support long-term corporate projects,” explains Laurent Allard. “OVH is one of the most exciting entrepreneurial adventures. I am particularly proud to have been chosen to take the company even further,” he adds. “We need to grow and transform our ways of working to meet new challenges. A big part of my job will be to enhance the mobilization of energy and experience to develop the established vision. Octave Klaba writes the melodies and I assume the role as the conductor of the orchestra creating a score performed by 1,000 virtuosos today and more tomorrow.”

"Laurent is a recognized leader with proven managerial skills, he is a visionary and has the ability to get people to work in harmony. It is exactly what OVH needs to write the next chapter in its history,” adds Octave Klaba, founder of OVH.

The first public appearance by Laurent Allard as CEO of OVH will take place in Lille (France) on February 26 to launch the OVH World Tour 2015.

➢    photos of L. Allard enclosed (print/web size)

About OVH Group
Founded in 1999, the OVH Group innovates at the heart of the Internet, data centers and network (3,000 Gbps). As a result, today it is a major player in the cloud market worldwide. Through its brands,, So you start, RunAbove, and hubiC, the OVH Group offers tools and solutions that are simple yet powerful, revolutionizing the way its 700,0000 worldwide customers work. Its credo is technology must serve business. Respect for the individual, freedom, and equal opportunity to access new technologies have always been and will be strong commitments of the company.

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