Publicis Groupe Set To Buy French IT Consultancy

Publicis Groupe is acquiring Xebia France, an IT consultancy firm that specializes in data, web, cloud technologies, reactive software programming and mobility. Proposed financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Founded in 2005 by Luc Legardeur, the 170-person shop's roster of clients include Axa, Air France, BNP Paribas, la Française des Jeux, Meetic, Natixis, Sanofi and startup businesses such as BlaBlaCar, Early Birds, and ManoMano.

"As we continue to grow in France, having the high-end engineering capability of Xebia France join our business would take Publicis.Sapient to the next level as we deliver digital business transformation for our clients," says Nigel Vaz, global business transformation lead, Publicis Groupe/ CEO of Publicis.Sapient in EMEA and APAC.

Although the Groupe intends to place Xebia France under the Publicis.Sapient other details have yet to be negotiated, including all operational matters, like governance, name and brand identity, and location.

However, one cross-integration is already set in stone for November 20. The Groupe's supervisory board chairman Maurice Lévy will appear as a speaker at XebiCon, the agency's technology summit that brings together over 1,000 participating developers, data experts, tech leads, and CTOs.





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