As Capgemini celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017, it is a good time to reflect on not only past successes, but also to evaluate the ingredients needed for success over coming decades.
I strongly believe, as do the members of the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, that at a time of such widespread disruption in every sector and market we need to ensure we are able to attract, develop, and retain the best talent in the industry, at all levels and in all markets. Truly, the best of the best!
A critical element of our talent strategy is a renewed commitment to the development of our future leaders, those remarkable individuals who will not only be able to protect and develop our existing strengths, but who also will lead us into new markets and opportunities, engage at the very highest levels with clients and partners, and most importantly, live and breathe our industryrecognized ethical values.
Such a leadership profile is a rare commodity, and so it is that we are launching in 2017 our inaugural E.L.I.T.E. General Management Program. We are setting ourselves a high bar, and my expectation is that the program will soon be perceived as the industry leader for developing leadership talent in the professional services industry. To achieve this, we have put in place a robust program and spent many months of planning and mobilization to deliver a powerful experience for our first intake of E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainees.
Beginning in 2017, at select leading business schools in India, we will launch our search for exceptional candidates to rotate through international assignments in our global Financial Services Strategic Business Unit. It starts here because Financial Services is our largest business unit and sector. In time, we will look to evolve the program to include candidates from additional Indian business schools and from business schools in markets such as the United States and United Kingdom, as well as open the program to the broader Capgemini organization. We will also be looking internally to identify high performers already at Capgemini, who have what it takes to accelerate their careers through the program.
I am personally excited to see what the best and brightest in India can bring to our business and to our clients, and I look forward to meeting you all during your initial 12-month journey at Capgemini, and beyond as you become our leaders of the future.
CEO, Financial Services Strategic Business Unit
Group Executive Committee (GEC)