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Meet the innovatives businesses that have been accelerated by FFWD Normandie, meet the FFWD Normandie mentors and the professionals involved into the FFWD Normandie Program.
FFWD Normandie Mentors
Owner Brightcard, Rockville (USA)
David Finkelstein received a B.S. Degree in Economics and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MBA from Stanford University. He currently resides in Washington, DC.
David Finkelstein is one of the founders of BrightCard, bringing over 25 years’ experience in international high-tech marketing to this company which is focused on identity management, with a specialization in smartcard technologies. Prior to founding BrightCard , he was in charge of US operations for UDcast, a French company providing IP services over wireless networks.
Before UDcast he was SVP of Marketing and Business Development with SkyBridge, the Alcatel-led project to provide high-speed last-mile services with a constellation of Low-Earth Orbit satellites. Mr. Finkelstein spent 6 years in the international division of British Telecom (BT), where he held several senior sales, marketing, and business development positions. He has also worked as a management consultant with Touche Ross & Co. in New York.
Owner Bionoto, Bruxelles
Benoît Fillion graduated as a Chemical Engineer from CPE Lyon. He obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in Pittsburg University.
After serving as a Technology Engineer in General Electric in Spain for 2 years, he co-founded ISODIS NATURA, an OM3 nutrition and natural health products company. After that he held various positions in Marketing and Sales in Abbot Vascular on European & Italian market.
In 2013 he founded Bionoto BVBA, a nutrition and health products company. He also is a consultant for Junicon Europe, company specialized in market research in the medical sector.
CEO Vacances.com, Rennes
David Leray graduated in Management Sciences from IGR Rennes in 1997. He also obtained a Master’s degreein Marketing in 1998.
He has 18 years of experience in entrepreneurship in internet and digital sectors, with a special focus on new digital practices, software and media services. He has been serving as a Business Angel for 10 years for about 10 companies and venture-capitalists.
David Leray is also an active member of the Investment Committee of Go Capital which is the main technology investment fund in Western France (funding at any stage of development, from start-up to international development). He also founded Vacances.com where he serves as Chief Executive Manager.
Chief Economic Development Officer AREVA, Beaumont-Hague
Didier Villette graduated in civil engineering from l’Ecole des Mines in Nancy in 1975.
After a long experience of 20 years in heavy industry and thermal industry, he joined COGEMA (today AREVA) in 2001 at the Marcoule nuclear site where he was responsible for local economic development.
Since 2014, Didier Villette is in charge of local economic development through the “AREVADELFI” fund which represents more than 1000 business cases, 150 financed companies contributing to the creation of 3500 jobs in 10 regions around AREVA’s industrial sites, in France.
Hubert de Wazières
CEO HW Consulting, Neufchâtel-Hardelot
Hubert de Wazières has a strong experience in management, sales and industrial projects.
He held various positions of responsibility such as Purchasing Manager in Buying Centers, Manager of Corporate Accounts, Chief of Marketing in different industries from 1976 to 2005. He served as Director of Architectural Finishes Division (Europe) for PPG Industries before creating his own consulting company in 2010.
Hubert De Wazières is the CEO of HWConsulting, specialized in advisory and operational assistance to companies in management, marketing and sales strategy.
HW Consulting, Neufchâtel-Hardelot
CEO Groupe Noyon, Caen
Romain Noyon graduated in Economics & Finance from University of Basse-Normandie, Caen, from University of Wisconsin of La Crosse (USA) and from Sciences Politiques in Paris.
He started his career in Areva in management control. He joined Noyon Group as a sales manager first and then became Director of Noyon Logistics and of NCI after that.
Romain Noyon currently serves as CEO of Noyon Group, a family owned company since 1835.
Groupe Noyon, Caen
Associate KPMG, Hérouville-Saint-Clair
Dany Sebire graduated as a Certified Chartered Accountant and External Auditor.
He is engaged in local development: he is a partner of the Regional Innovation Contest and Administrator of “Réseau Entreprendre”.
Dany Sebire is Associate Director of Caen Sud Normandie Business Unit and a member of the executive committee of KPMG in Normandie. He has a strong expertise in land acquisition and transfer of companies, business planning, business valuations and family business.
KPMG, Hérouville saint Clair
CEO NEXCIS, Rousset
Olivier Kerrec obtained a PhD in Physics and Chemistry from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI).
He started his career as Head of Group Mechanics & Corrosion (Nuclear applications) in EDF R&D where he then became Photovoltaïc project manager.
Olivier Kerrec currently serves as CEO in NEXCIS, spin-off from IRDEP Photovoltaic Energy.
Factory Director / Manufacturing Director Mondelez International, Blois
Yann Quéré graduated as an Engineer in Chemistry from HEI.
He has been working as a manager since the beginning of his career in different groups such as Beiersdorf, LVMH, and Mondelez International (Poulain and Cadbury brands) where he got a strong experience in quality & production, operations, logistics and supply chain management.
Yann Quéré serves as Factory Director at Mondelez International (ex Kraft Foods).
Mondelez International, Blois
CTO / VP Engineering ALCHIMER, Massy
Frédéric Raynal holds a Ph.D. degree in electrochemistry from the University of Paris XII and a DEA in process engineering from the University of Toulouse III. He started his career doing research on the scale up of electro-synthesis processes at Electricity of France (EDF) and on electrochemical activity of platinum nanoparticles for fuel cell applications at CEA Saclay. He also served as a research engineer at Technicatom.Frédéric Raynal joined Alchimer in 2003 with a strong background in R&D, engineering and product development. He is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Alchimer S.A. since 2012.
Global Category Manager ABB, Geneva
James Papas graduated in Chemistry from California State University-Long Beach.
He held various positions in Sales and General management in GAF, ISP, HAYWARD INDUSTRIAL FILTRATION, PTI FILTRATIONS, BEA FILTRI, PENTAIR and worked all over the world (North America, South America, Europe).
He is currently Global Category Manager in ABB’s branch of Specialty Fluids & Transformers in Switzerland.
Administrator Orange Participations SA., Caen
Marc Maouche started his carrier in transport and joined the Direction Générale des Telecommunications (DGT) in 1986. At the end of his training in Telecom networks, he opted for the emerging commercial branch within the DGT.
He attended the 57th national session of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) and is currently a member of the steering committee of l’AA IHEDN.
He was Adminstrator and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of France Telecom SA until July 2012. He was also in charge of liaison with local authorities of Seine Saint Denis for Orange from May 2010 until November 2013.
Marc Maouche is currently Administrator of Orange Participations SA.
Orange Participations SA, Caen
Franck Murray graduated as an Engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 1984, obtained a PhD in Physics and an MBA from ESSEC in 2003.
After different experiences within Philips and some startups in material analysis and optical disks, he served as the Senior Director of Technology Innovation for NXP where he held various positions in Operations and R&D with the mission of developing new technologies.
In 2009, Franck Murray founded IPDiA S.A. where he serves as Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Yves Muller graduated from ESSEC Business School and as an Engineer from Ecole Centrale, Marseille.
He held various managing positions within Philips Group ( Sales, Marketing, Product and Project Management, R&D, change process and team management in consumer electronics, IT & telecommunications, semiconductors departments). He became CEO of NXP Semiconductors France.
Jean-Yves Muller founded FABIXIS and serves as its CEO since its creation.