François Bancilhon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

François gained extensive experience in successfully managing software companies. He was a founder and CEO of O2 Technology -- an object-oriented database company based in Versailles that he successfully merged with Unidata in 1997. In 1999, he founded and ran as CEO Arioso, an ASP company in Denver, Colorado which provided human resources and benefits management services to small and medium-sized businesses in the US. More recently, he was Chief Technology Officer of SomaLogic, a biotech company based in Boulder, Colorado. François's career began in the academic world, both in Europe and in the US, in the field of relational and object-oriented databases. He is also the chairman of the board of Ucopia a wifi start up, based in Montrouge, France. He is a graduate of the "Ecole des Mines de Paris", he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a “Thèse d'État” from the University of Paris XI. He joined Mandriva in 2003.


Thierry Bossut, Chief Financial Officer

Thierry started his career as a supervisor at the Ernst & Young auditing cabinet. He also was an Administrative and Financial Director of several software start ups : object- oriented database with Matisse and digital television with IDP, a public company listed on the “Nouveau Marché”. Thierry is a graduate from the “Ecole Supérieure de Commerce” in Reims and a CPA. He joined Mandriva in 2000.

Gaurav Parakh, Vice President, OEM Business Unit

Prior to joining Mandriva, Gaurav was an associate consultant at 'Amul', one of the biggest conglomerate in Asia, until he co-founded 'Dialog' in 2000, an educational consulting & counseling company for international universities and domestic students. He joined Mandriva as a Partnership Manager to build Mandriva's world-wide franchise network. A Post-graduate MBA in International business from "Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées", Paris and BBMS from 'University of Bradford' UK, Gaurav holds an academic white paper work on 'Linux industry & disruptive future technology. He joined Mandriva in 2003.

Sébastien Lefebvre, Vice President, Corporate Business Unit

Within the Corporate Business Unit, Sébastien is responsible for the Enterprise Products and Services strategy. His roles includes enabling Mandriva's business through knowledge management, technological innovation, product marketing and process improvement. Prior to joining the team at Mandriva, Sébastien was the CTO of Linbox, where he developed and delivered a range of products for corporate and public sector customers. In 2002, he founded and ran Sirius Technologies, a free software company acquired by Linbox in 2005. Sébastien's career began at Videotron in Canada as an architect in the strategic planning team, helping the company to detect new business opportunities to offer innovative products to its broadband customers. Sébastien holds an engineering degree from ESSTIN in Nancy. He joined Mandriva in 2007, when Linbox was acquired by Mandriva.

Arnaud Laprévote, Director of Research Projects

Arnaud is in charge of setting up and managing cooperative research projects with French and international partners. He started his career at the Institut of Data Processing of the Technical University of Darmstadt. He then joined worked the TeleDiffusion de France Research Center as of head of digital electronics laboratory) and Thomson Multimedia R&D France as the leader of the Advanced Television and Multimedia Group. He holds various patents related to digital electronics and video processing. Arnaud created Free&ALter Soft in 1996, which became Linbox FAS in 2001 when it acquired the assets of the Linbox startup. The Linbox Rescue Server software was created in this environment and is now used massively in industry and administrations in France. Linbox FAS was bought by Mandriva in 2007. Arnaud has engineering degrees from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques de Besançon” and from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique et de Radio-électricité de Grenoble” and a masters of accousto-opto-electronics and vibration from the Franche-Comté University. He joined Mandriva in 2007, when Linbox was acquired by Mandriva.

Alvaro Martins, Mandriva Brazil Country Manager

Álvaro is an IT executive with 20 years background in management and he is experienced in developing new businesses in Latin America. He occupied sales, sales director and CEO positions in Brazilian and international companies with a record of success in the sales area, both in the IT and the telecommunication sectors. Before joining Mandriva, Alvaro Martins worked for such companies as Xerox, Embratel, Diveo, Intelbras, and PCS. Alvaro has a business degree from EAESP - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He joined Mandriva in 2007.

Anne Nicolas-Velu, Vice President Community Business Unit

Anne started her career as a trainer and consultant for a Unix consulting company. She then joined Edge-IT where she was a support engineer. She participated as a consultant to enterprise open source deployment projects and at Mandriva took over the redesign of the corporate product line. In her spare time, she has been a long time Mandriva Linux contributor and an active member of the community, for instance through her administration of the web site. Anne holds a BS in Applied Economics and a Master in Public Marketing from the University of Paris XI. She joined Mandriva through the Edge-IT acquisition in 2004.