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  • Benkamin Mestrallet
    Benjamin Mestrallet

    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.

  • Bob Bickel
    Bob Bickel

    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.

  • Veronika Mazour
    Véronika Mazour

    Chief Operating Officer

    Véronika Mazour Véronika Mazour is Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the business, 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.

  • François Moron
    François Moron

    Chief Strategy Officer

    François Moron is Chief Strategy Officer at eXo, responsible for managing the company's strategy worldwide. He first began contributing to the eXo Project in early 2004 with mobile support before joining the company. Prior to eXo, Francois held various IT management and R&D roles, including Orange and Total, the 180 billion international oil and gas company. Francois has a master's in information systems architecture from the University of South Brittany.

  • Oualid Chaker
    Oualid Chaker

    Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development

    Oualid Chaker is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development. Since joining eXo in 2008, his executive management responsibilities have included international sales and business strategy development, as well as establishing both eXo's global support and sales teams. Oualid brings significant experience in research and development and IT project management to eXo. His prior work in France, Switzerland and Canada includes serving as Associate Researcher at Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal, Research Projects Manager for several telecommunications companies, and Aeronautics Engineer at SITA Geneva. Oualid holds a Ph.D in computer networks from Polytechnique Montréal, a Master's in Management from HEC Montréal and a Master's in Engineering from France's Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC). He has published several international scientific articles on computer networks and information systems management.

  • Patrice Lamarque
    Patrice Lamarque

    Chief Product Officer

    As Chief Product Officer, Patrice Lamarque is in charge of eXo Platform, the supported enterprise product delivered to eXo customers. He leads several cross-departmental teams worldwide, and is responsible for the overall product architecture and strategy, integration and packaging, documentation, maintenance and delivery, and product marketing. Prior to his current role at eXo, Patrice served as project development manager for eXo Social, eXo Collaboration, and eXo Knowledge open source projects. Patrice originally joined eXo in January 2008 as a consultant, where he helped eXo's customers design, build and implement eXo solutions.

    Patrice has over 10 years experience in enterprise software, where he has worked in both small start-ups and large professional services firms like Capgemini. He has been involved in a range of industries including aeronautics, energy, charity and real estate. He has a masters degree in computer science from UMLV.

  • Frederic Drouet
    Frederic Drouet

    Chief Technical Officer

    Frederic Drouet has over 10 years of experience in software development, architecture and project management. As Chief Technical Officer, Frederic is in charge of all eXo development teams worldwide.

    Before joining eXo, Frederic led the Java expert team for Generali France. In this role, he was responsible for the company's comprehensive Java development strategy (standards and best practices, documentation and technology selection, developing frameworks for internal use, implementation and maintenance of the Software Factory and related development tools), as well as providing operational support to all architecture and technical development teams. Fred has an engineering degree in Industrial Biology with a specialization in Process Engineering.

  • Julien Brulland
    Julien Brulland

    Senior Director of Marketing

    Julien Brulland is Senior Director of Marketing at eXo where he joined in 2008. His responsibilities cover many aspects of the marketing and communication, including developing the brand awareness at an international level, managing eXo online marketing operations and developing the marketing-sales funnel strength. Julien holds an MBA in e-Business from the ESG Paris.


Board of Advisors

  • Patrick Chanezon
    Patrick Chanezon

    Patrick Chanezon leads the Enterprise Evangelism efforts in Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism group from San Francisco since 2013. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Director, Developer Relations at VMWare and 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 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 or his Twitter stream at

  • Edwin Khodabakchian
    Edwin Khodabakchian

    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
    Sacha Labourey

    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.


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