( ! ) $# %'$ (( The selection process is made up of four phases, throughout which the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee plays a central role. The first is the needs analysis phase. This involves examining Directors whose terms of office are nearing their end, any constraints on the reappointment of current Directors, compliance requirements under the law and the Code of Corporate Governance, and the objectives of the diversity policy, all of which are identified and taken into account. This analysis is undertaken for the Board of Directors itself and its three committees. It focuses on the needs due to arise first and makes projections for the years ahead. A list of potential candidates is then drawn up based on the needs identified. This list draws on names put forward by members of the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee and members of the Board of Directors more generally, names resulting from searches undertaken by recruitment firms, proposals by Executive Management and, lastly, unsolicited applications received by the Company. The list of potential candidates is decided on by the Chairwoman of the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee. A file is put together based on publicly available information about the candidates. This file is reviewed by the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee, which decides which candidates to contact and meet. The third phase consists of arranging meetings with candidates selected by all members of the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee. At their meetings, the Committee’s members compare their opinions. For each candidate,
the Committee endeavours to assess the depth of their experience and how closely it meets the Company’s needs, how well they complement the skills needed by the Board of Directors, their availability and motivation, any conflicts of interest, and whether they meet the independence criteria laid down in the Code of Corporate Governance. Additional actions are agreed upon as needed and a list of candidates to be presented to the Board of Directors is drawn up. In the final phase, the Board of Directors, after familiarising itself with the conclusions of the work undertaken, discusses the candidates put forward by the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee and decides which will be put to the vote at a General Meeting of Shareholders. In the specific case of Directors representing the employees and the Director representing employee shareholders, the Company decided to launch an extensive call for applications across the Group. The Directors representing the employees are designated by the Sopra Steria Group Works Council. The Director representing employee shareholders is chosen by shareholders at the General Meeting from among the candidates designated both by the supervisory boards of the FCPE company mutual funds and by employees holding their shares directly, as provided by law. The Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee reviews the candidacies and may recommend, where appropriate, that the Board of Directors support one of the two resolutions concerning appointments potentially submitted at the General Meeting. The candidate elected is the one whose appointment resolution gains the required majority and the most votes, in the event of multiple candidacies.