Executive Team

  • Fred de Gombert

    Fred de Gombert

    CEO / Co-Founder

    Prior to founding Akeneo, Fred 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, Fred can be found exercising his passion for improv theater. And he loves David Bowie. Don’t say anything bad about David.

  • Benoit Jacquemont

    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

    Nicolas Dupont

    VP 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.

  • Thierry Fortin

    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.

  • Samuel Augy

    Samuel Augy

    Vice President of Operations

    Samuel brings 15 years of experience in e-business to Akeneo.

    Prior to joining Akeneo in 2016, he managed an integration company specializing in e-commerce and CRM and led successful product launches. At Akeneo, Samuel is responsible for operational strategy including Customer Success Management, Professional Services, Technology Partners and Internal Projects.

    An avid cyclist, Samuel is a domotics enthusiast – both in the planning (and maintenance) of his smart home devices.

  • Sébastien Lieutaud

    Sébastien Lieutaud

    Vice President of Global Channel Development

    Sébastien has been working in, and advocating for, the open-source community since 1998. After beginning his career in international business development, Sébastien has helped multiple start-ups (Opentrust.com, iObeya.com, Archivite.com) get their first national and international successes.

    Sébastien joined Akeneo as the first sales person in Spring 2014 and was instrumental in growing sales operations internationally. He opened the US office in 2016 and is now concentrating on the development of Akeneo partners and alliances around the world.

    Sébastien is passionate about people and places, and when he has time, he enjoys traveling the world. He has visited more than 70 countries, from Denmark to Australia, and can’t wait to keep exploring.

  • Johan Benoualid

    Johan Benoualid

    Vice President of Sales and Alliances

    Johan Benoualid carries more than 15 years of experience helping category-leading technology companies drive growth and market adoption.

    Prior to joining Akeneo, Johan served as South Europe managing director at Hootsuite, a leading social media management platform, where he was instrumental in driving the company’s expansion across France, Spain, and Italy. Before Hootsuite, Johan worked at Adobe, where he helped the software giant increase market penetration of its industry-leading martech products.

    Outside of work, Johan is a travel aficionado who navigated the world with his family in the early 2010s.

  • Mike Bender

    Mike Bender

    Vice President of Sales, North America

    Mike Bender is the North America VP of Sales at Akeneo, a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) solutions for merchants and brands. Mike is an accomplished B2B SaaS sales executive who is widely known for driving revenue growth, building top-performing sales teams, and launching new markets.

    Prior to joining Akeneo, Mike served as VP of Sales at eCommerce acceleration platform Yottaa, where he quadrupled the company’s enterprise revenue volume and sales team size in less than two years. He also held senior sales leadership positions at mobile marketing technology company Fiksu, as well as Prospectiv and Autotrader.

    When not at work, Mike enjoys backpacking and camping with his wife and 2 children.

  • Christel Grizaut Billault

    Christel Grizaut Billault

    Vice President of Marketing

    Christel Grizaut Billault is an accomplished marketing executive with 20 years of experience and a successful track record in creating powerful integrated marketing strategies for Fortune 1000 companies.

    Prior to joining Akeneo, Christel held multiple senior marketing positions at Acronis, a leading hybrid cloud data protection company. Before that, she managed the corporate marketing and communications programs for global technology companies that included Altiris, a Symantec company, Tripwire, and Baltimore Technologies.

    When not at work, Christel enjoys trekking in exotic places, reading and spending time with her six-year-old son, Nicolas.

  • Emilie Gieler

    Emilie Gieler

    Head of Product

    Emilie brings 10+ years of experience in B2B software management to Akeneo.

    Before joining Akeneo in 2013, Emilie was a product manager managing product development for a variety of small – large enterprises. At Amadeus in Europe, she led the travel booking platform for all online solutions. Across her career, Emilie has focused on delivering value through user data, from her early days taking products she directly developed to market, to her current role leading the Akeneo product development team.

  • Tobias Schlotter

    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.

  • Valérie Desbordes

    Valérie Desbordes

    Sales Director Southern Europe & Latam

    With more than ten years of sales experience for global software companies such as Adobe and SAS Institute Inc., Valérie specializes in the sale of value-added marketing solutions.

    She joined Akeneo in 2014. She built a team and brilliantly developed sales in the French region, contributing actively to the company’s success in its original market.

    Based on this valuable experience, Valérie uses now her expertise to build and manage a successful sales team across Southern Europe and LATAM regions.