Heads up: Fairfax County to be U.S. headquarters for IT services provider CGI-AMS

Gov. Warner celebrates creation of 750 jobs

Friday, November 19, 2004

Gov. Mark R. Warner announced today Fairfax County will be the U.S. headquarters of CGI-AMS, the wholly owned U.S. operating subsidiary of Canada-based CGI Group Inc., the eight largest independent information technology services provider in the world. CGI-AMS said it will hire 750 more employees in Fairfax County in the next year, including 200 new college graduates.

CGI acquired Fairfax-based American Management Systems in May 2004. In the U.S., CGI and AMS merged operations into one legal entity that was renamed CGI-AMS. Clients include large organizations in both the public and commercial sectors. CGI-AMS (www.cgi.com) serves commercial clients in the healthcare, financial services, telecom and utilities, manufacturing, retail and distribution industries.

“We are a recharged IT powerhouse based right here in Fairfax, and we are now part of a company that is 25,000 professionals strong,” said Donna Morea, president of CGI-AMS. “We have dramatically expanded our capabilities in the U.S. market and are now well-positioned to be the provider of choice for IT and managed services with vertical domain expertise.”

“CGI-AMS could have located its U.S. headquarters at any one of 50 locations, and the company chose Fairfax County,” Gov. Warner said. “ Virginia has always been a key technology center. There will certainly be positive economic effects for our community because of the larger footprint that the newly merged CGI-AMS brings.”

Business growth helps Fairfax County fund public services such as the nation’s top-rated public school systems that contribute to the quality of life. Fairfax County, minutes from Washington, D.C., offers proximity to the federal government and a large technology community, access to domestic and international markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, and a well-educated workforce.

“We are thrilled that CGI-AMS will have Fairfax County as its U.S. headquarters. This combination of corporate giants yields one of the world’s largest IT services firms and we are honored to be their home,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. FCEDA programs help large and small businesses locate and expand in the county. The FCEDA maintains overseas offices in Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.