October 28, 2019 / 6:35 PM / 16 days ago

Atos CEO will own no shares if confirmed in EU post - source

FILE PHOTO: Atos Chairman and CEO Thierry Breton poses in front of the company's logo during presentation of the new Bull sequana supercomputer in Paris, France, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/

PARIS (Reuters) - Atos (ATOS.PA) chief executive Thierry Breton, if he is confirmed as new French European Union commissioner, will own no shares in any company the day he takes up his post, a source close to Breton said on Monday.

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed Breton as French candidate for head of industrial policy at the European Commission after his first choice was rejected by EU lawmakers.

Breton, who was finance minister under late President Jacques Chirac, has been chief executive at technology group Atos since 2009 and led the turnaround of telecoms giant Orange (ORAN.PA) in the early 2000s.

Two weeks ago European lawmakers rejected Sylvie Goulard, Macron’s initial pick for European commissioner.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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