About us

Akeneo: noun., Comes from the word "akene", the dry fruit produced by the dandelion: a light and elegant way for a flower to propagate its seeds. An inspiration for how we built our PIM.
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Our story

Our team has been working in the e-commerce industry for over 10 years. As we were helping brands to grow their online businesses, we realized that they were all struggling with complex or archaic systems to manage product information.

We founded Akeneo in 2013 with the idea that products are the most important assets in a company and that many merchants lack a tool to help them manage and leverage this crucial asset. Merchants needed a tool that was designed for marketers and flexible enough to be integrated with any third-party application.

Executive Team

  • Frederic de Gombert

    CEO / Co-Founder

    Prior to founding Akeneo, Frédéric was the e-commerce director at Smile, the largest open source system integrator in Europe. Since then, he has become a proven expert in e-business and open source having helped some of the largest retailers in the world (Chantelle, The North Face, Nestlé, Decathlon, etc.) build their e-commerce strategy.

    When not leading the world’s most open and generally awesome PIM, Frédéric can be found exercising his passion for improv theater. And he loves David Bowie. Don’t say anything bad about David.

  • Benoit Jacquemont

    CTO / Co-Founder

    Prior to founding Akeneo, Benoit was the CTO for Smile, the largest open source system integrator in Europe.
    He is an expert in complex web applications, having spent the last 5 years managing a team of 450+ open source developers and launching some of the largest European websites.

    In his time outside the office, Benoit shares with us his passion of building and flying model airplanes in our park. We tried. Some of them are still stuck in the trees.

  • Nicolas Dupont

    Head of Engineering / Co-Founder

    Prior to founding Akeneo, Nicolas was the technical manager for MyStore.ch, one of the largest private sales companies in Switzerland.
    Nicolas has many years of experience and a deep understanding of how to handle large and complex catalogs. In addition, he has an extensive knowledge base in integrating e-commerce applications with third-party applications like ERPs.

    Nicolas is also the master of the subtle arts of cooking exotic meals and playing rugby – but not at the same time.

  • Sébastien Lieutaud

    Akeneo Inc General Manager

    Sébastien has been working and advocating for the Open Source world since 1998.
    Since he began working in international business development, he has helped multiple start-ups get their first national and international successes (Opentrust.com, iObeya.com, Archivite.com).
    Sébastien joined Akeneo as the first sales person in Spring 2014 and helped grow the sales team until 2016. Now, he is working on building and growing Akeneo in the US.
    Sébastien is passionate about people and places. When he has time, he enjoys traveling the world. He has been to more than 70 countries, from Denmark to Australia, and can’t wait to keep exploring.

  • Tobias Schlotter

    Akeneo GmbH General Manager

    Before Tobias joined Akeneo, he headed the national sales department for a medium-sized IT systems integrator in Osnabrück. He joined our team in 2015 and had quick success, convincing numerous partners to join Akeneo. He has succeeded in launching ambitious projects for various companies such as the German Veterinary Association, Puky, Siroop, Remmers, Sanicare or ZEG, and has continuously inspired Akeneo customers. He is currently building the team at our Düsseldorf location, for the DACH region.

    Tobias has a passion for both scuba diving and driving ridiculously fast.

  • Angela Culver

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Angela Culver is an accomplished B2B marketer with more than 20 years in open source software, marketing technology, and IT services.

    She most recently worked as VP of marketing at Neustar, a publicly-traded multinational company providing real-time information services and analytics. Prior to Neustar, Angela held marketing leadership positions at a variety of high-tech companies, including HP, Oracle (formerly Brio), Alfresco and Stibo Systems.

    In her new position as Akeneo’s global CMO, Angela will oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing and communications activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America.

  • Thierry Fortin

    Chief Financial Officer

    Thierry Fortin is a financial executive with more than 15 years of experience managing corporate finance, audits, and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies.

    Prior to joining Akeneo, Thierry served as a finance director at several NASDAQ listed software companies, including ANSYS, a leading simulation product engineering company. He began his career as an external financial auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Advisors

  • Yoav Kutner

    Advisor / Co-Founder

    Yoav is the Co-Founder and CTO of Oro Inc, the open source CRM made for e-commerce.

    Prior to founding Oro, he was the CTO and Co-Founder of Magento, where he led product and technology development for all Magento offerings from inception until after it’s acquisition by eBay, Inc. in 2011.

    Legends says he used to play in metal band, and that he used to have an inline skating park in his living room. No one ever got the chance to verify.

  • Roy Rubin

    Advisor

    Roy is the co-founder and former CEO of Magento, the world leader in e-commerce platforms.

    In August, 2011, Magento was acquired by eBay, Inc., where Roy became a vice president. He continued to lead the Magento business until his departure from eBay in May, 2014.

  • Marc Palazon

    Board Member

    Marc graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines with a Masters degree in international relations. Right after graduation he worked abroad at the Ukraine foreign office.

    He eventually joined Smile in 2000 and was a successful project manager, project director, and sales director, and CEO since 2007. Smile is the European leader of open digital transformation and open source solutions integration, with more than 1000 employees in 9 countries.

    Marc is also an active member of the IT & open source ecosystem as an administrator of the Syntec Numérique, president of the open source committee, and board member of Sensiolabs (Symfony creator).

  • Jeremy Uzan

    Board Member

    Jeremy Uzan is a Partner at Alven Capital and focuses on high potential startups founded by talented French entrepreneurs.

    He currently works with entrepreneurs at Drivy, Frichti, OpenClassrooms, happn, iAdvize and of course Akeneo. He has also supported investments in Captain Train (acquired by Trainline), Bime Analytics (acquired by Zendesk), Mobpartner (acquired by Cheetah Mobile) and Joliebox (acquired by Birchbox). Prior to Alven, Jeremy was an investment banker at Clipperton Finance, a Corporate Finance boutique focused on the fast growth tech companies in Europe.

    He holds a Master in Computer Sciences and a Master in Finance. He currently lives in Paris, France.

  • Reza Malekzadeh

    Board Member

    Reza is a general partner at Partech Ventures, primarily focused on the infrastructure, datacenter and enterprise markets. He has built his career and reputation by joining early stage ventures and leading them to a successful exits as well as by working in large groups to help their transition to new business models.

    Reza started his career as employee #10 at VMware, and left the team to create his company, Twingo Systems, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2004. Then, Reza joined Akimbi Systems which was acquired by VMware in 2006, where Reza then served as Head of Products & Marketing. Eager to reunite with early stage companies, Reza joined Nimbula, a provider of private cloud infrastructure management software, as VP of Sales and Marketing. Nimbula was successfully acquired by Oracle in 2013.

    Between his time at Nimbula and Partech, Reza was head of Marketing at Cumulus Networks, a company that designs and sells Linux operating systems for networking hardware.

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