Consulting, technology and outsourcing firm Capgemini has appointed Maria Pernas to the role of Group General Counsel, said a statement. Maria joins Capgemini from Atos where she held the position of Senior Vice-President, Group General Counsel Operations, and was responsible for the management of the Regional legal teams and the Contract Management function. Maria was also Group Diversity Program Manager.
“Maria brings to Capgemini a deep and varied legal background built throughout an international career, where she has held significant managerial and commercial responsibilities, along with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. We are delighted to welcome her to the team,” comments Jean-Baptiste Massignon, member of the Group Executive Committee and General Secretary at Capgemini.
After starting her professional career working as external legal advisor at Price Waterhouse in Madrid, Maria Pernas joined Sema Group (now Atos), where she was appointed to the role of General Counsel Iberia and South America, and worldwide General Counsel for the Major Events and Entertainment business unit in charge of, among others, the Olympic project.
In 2004 Maria took over the position of Vice-President General Counsel South Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America at the Rome office while keeping her previous responsibilities as General Counsel Major Events and Entertainment. In 2008 she moved to Paris to take responsibility for the legal support to Major Contracts and, afterwards, Corporate Legal Affairs, Compliance and Litigations at worldwide level. In 2013 Maria was appointed Deputy Group General Counsel at Atos.
Maria is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and has recently been appointed Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe. She also collaborates as professor at the “Master in Digital Economy and IP Law” at HEAD in Paris.