Founder and CEO
Benjamin Mestrallet is Chief Executive Officer of eXo, a company he founded just out of university to serve its first customer, the U.S. Department of Defense. With eXo's recent expansion to North America, Benjamin now oversees the Company's growth, marketing and sales strategy from San Francisco. He first created the eXo project while a student and, in December 2002, delivered the industry's first Java portlet container.
Under Benjamin's leadership and care, eXo has expanded globally with operations in five countries and grown its product line to be the most comprehensive portfolio of open source collaboration software on the market. In recognition on his leadership and business savvy, a jury of France's top technology executives honored Benjamin as 2008's most outstanding young technology leader with the IVY Award. He holds an advanced master's degree in management science from the University of Paris IX Dauphine.
Chairman of the Board
Bob Bickel is a 25-year software industry veteran who mentors and works closely with emerging software companies. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Board at eXo, he is currently a Board Member for Metaverse and an Advisor to CloudBees, Funambol and JasperSoft. Other companies he has advised include Hyperic (acquired by SpringSource, in turn acquired by VMware), Bristol Technologies (acquired by IBM) and Princeton Softech (acquired by HP). Bob was Vice President of Strategy at JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), where he was responsible for the company's growth strategy, early strategic partnerships and recruitment of key management personnel. Previously, Bob was General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Middleware. He came to HP through its acquisition of Bluestone Software, which Bob helped create. At Bluestone, he oversaw initial sales, marketing and product development. He also led product strategy through the company's IPO and, later, its acquisition by HP.
Chief Financial Officer
Véronika Mazour is Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the financial management and health of the Company. Previously, Véronika was at BNP Paribas, one of Europe's largest financial services groups, where she served on the General Inspection team analyzing all aspects of the group's worldwide business. In this high-level management consulting and audit function, she reported directly to the CEO on ways to improve business strategy, sales/profitability, operations, finance, administration and HR, and organization and management structures.
Véronika has also worked in strategy consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in Paris office and in private equity at Goldman Sachs in London. She has multiple degrees from France's top universities, including two master's degrees in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and a master's degree in public affairs from Sciences Po Paris (IEP Paris), the Paris Institute of Political Science.
Board of Advisors
Patrick Chanezon is Senior Director, Developer Relations at VMWare, where he is responsible for building the developer relations team. Prior to this position, he served as Developer Advocate for Cloud and Apps at Google, where he worked since 2005. His responsibilities at Google included building and growing developer ecosystems for HTML5, OpenSocial, Google Checkout and the AdWords API. Previously he spent 5 years at Sun Microsystems as a software architect working on Sun Portal Server, blogs and syndication feeds, and received the CEO award for helping launch blogs.sun.com. Previously he spent 5 years at AOL and Netscape where he managed the MyNetscape Portal, and 2 years at Accenture as a Lotus Notes guru. He co-created the ROME open source project, and the OSSGTP group in France.
Apart from programming and reading books, his main interest in life is spending time with his wife and 3 kids.
Patrick received a M.S. in computer science from Ecole Centrale de Lyon where he graduated in 1993.
More on his blog at http://wordpress.chanezon.com/ or his Twitter stream at http://twitter.com/chanezon
Edwin Khodabakchian is an entrepreneur and software developer, currently focusing on personalization, mash-ups and semantic Web technologies at Feedly, which he co-founded. Previously, he was Vice President of Product Development at Oracle, responsible for growing the Oracle SOA Suite, including the Oracle BPEL Process Manager product line, formerly known as Collaxa (acquired by Oracle in 2004). As CEO of Collaxa, Edwin built up the company, helped define industry trends around Web orchestration and led the team that developed the first BPEL server. Prior to co-founding Collaxa, he was CTO of eCommerce at AOL and a software architect at Netscape.
Sacha Labourey was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and graduated in 1999 from EPFL. It was during his studies in 1996 that Sacha started his first consulting business - Cogito Informatique. In 2001, he joined Marc Fleury's JBoss project as a core contributor and implemented JBoss' original clustering features. In 2003, Sacha founded the European headquarters for JBoss and, as GM for Europe, led the strategy and partnerships that helped fuel the company's growth in that region. While in this position, he led the recruitment of some of JBoss' key talent and acquisition of key technology. In 2005, he was appointed CTO of JBoss, Inc. and as such, oversaw all of the JBoss engineering activities. In June 2006, JBoss, Inc. was acquired by Red Hat (NYSE:RHT). After the acquisition, Sacha remained JBoss CTO and played a crucial role in integrating and productizing JBoss software with Red Hat offerings. In 2007, Sacha became co-General Manager of Red Hat's middleware division. He ultimately left Red Hat in April 2009. Following a period of research, Sacha became convinced that public cloud infrastructure would lead a fundamental IT paradigm shift and that middleware would play a key role in that shift. As a result CloudBees, Inc. was formed in April 2010. In addition, Sacha has contributed to eXo as a strategic advisor since 2009.