Group Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Cesarini joined the Group in 2013 as CEO. Drawing on his entrepreneurial vision and experience, he promptly reorganized the various businesses, invested in sectors of the future and ensured a return to profitability. He began his career at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. where he was instrumental in the creation of PowerMac. In 1998, he founded TempoSoft, an HR intranet solutions developer that was acquired by Oracle in 2005. In 2007, he became CEO of Atego, the world leader in embedded software. As an engineer, he teaches business management and development at the Mines ParisTech school.
During the past 20 years, Sébastien Martin has accompanied numerous projects and companies in the Tech sector, from the business creation phase through acquisitions and/or restructuring. A graduate of Babson College and HEC Business School, he is also a lecturer and academic coordinator for the HEC Executive MBA.
Group Chief Finance Officer
Mr. Jean-Yves Quentel becomes Group Chief Financial Officer and will now steer Claranova’s financial strategy.
He has over 25 years’ experience, gained on both sides of the Atlantic, in creating, managing and financing growth and technology companies.
He combines a long career in France and the U.S. in venture capital investment with prestigious funds such as Atlas Venture or Europatweb and extensive operational expertise acquired as Chief Financial Officer of private and listed innovative companies, as well as entrepreneurial experience having founded and helmed Mensia Technologies, among other start-ups.
In 1984, Todd Helfstein co-founded Nova Development, a leading publisher of PC consumer software products. Following its acquisition by Avanquest, the company strengthened its position, primarily thanks to a direct sales channel to end users. Within PlanetArt, he provides oversight in the areas of product development, finance and operational planning.
Roger S. Bloxberg
Co-founder of Nova Development, Roger S. Bloxberg joined Avanquest in January 2007 following the takeover of his company. Nova was already a leader in consumer software and particularly the Architecture market. His areas of specialization include strategic planning, marketing and business development.
Daniel Assouline is an entrepreneur, a senior manager and a seasoned investor. During the past 15 years, he has participated in the creation, acquisition and development of several highly successful technology companies, including Adaware, Lulu Software and UpClick. Daniel Assouline’s passion for technology is nothing new: he sold his first software (a game) at 13 years old and his first company to Sanyo at 16. Daniel has an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada.
Kevin Bromber heads myDevices, Claranova’s IoT segment and has more than 20 years’ experience in Tech companies as both investor and entrepreneur. Kevin served as Co-Founder and CEO of 3DGreetings.com, an electronic greeting card company sold to NASDAQ: MAT; Co-Founder and CEO of NowMedia Corporation, an interactive, live broadcasting platform; and General Manager of Arvixe, a web hosting company sold to NASDAQ: EIGI.