Sigfox Board and Investors
Ludovic LE MOAN – CEO Sigfox
Ludovic Le Moan co-founded SIGFOX, the first and only company to provide global solutions to power the Internet of Things (IoT). In order to support SIGFOX’s global expansion, he has raised a total $150 million round of financing from strategic and financial investors in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Le Moan has been involved in the machine-to-machine space since 2000, when he co-founded Anyware Technologies, which enabled the connection, management and monitoring of remote equipment through a Web interface. After selling Anyware Technologies to Wavecom in 2008, Le Moan co-founded Goojet, a B2C services company that offered a simple, personal experience of the mobile web and allowed users to share and exchange messages and content. He served as COO of the company, now repositioned as scoop.it, from February 2008 to March 2011.
Le Moan is a serial entrepreneur who also founded “IoT Valley”, a Toulouse, France, association that offers mentoring, networking and other support for startups in the Internet of Things.
He received an engineering degree from ENSIMAG (Grenoble Institute of Technology), a leading French school in computer science, applied mathematics and telecommunications.
Ludovic Le Moan was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in April 2016
Christophe FOURTET – CSO Sigfox
Christophe Fourtet co-founded SIGFOX in 2009 to build a global network that is dedicated to the Internet of Things and operates with very low cost and minimal energy consumption. Before co-founding SIGFOX, his career was focused on developing radio technologies at leading technology and semiconductor companies. In addition to RF technology, his expertise includes embedded systems, semiconductors and SOCs.
From 2003 to 2009, Fourtet served as wireless hardware platform manager at Freescale Semiconductor.
Fourtet joined Freescale from Motorola, where he was a senior cellular hardware and system engineer. He helped create the cellular hardware group that developed Motorola’s mobile phone. Prior to that, he served as a radio engineer at SAGEM.
Fourtet graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon) in lectrical and telecommunications sciences. He did post-doc work in electromagnetism.
Anne LAUVERGEON – Chairman of the Board of Sigfox
Since 2011, she is Founder and CEO of A.L.P an advisory and investments company.
ALP supports large corporate groups, funds, investors and start-ups for the acceleration and success of their industrial or innovation projects.
She was CEO of AREVA from July 2001 to June 2011, and Chairman and CEO of AREVA NC from June 1999 to June 2011. In 1997, Ms Lauvergeon worked at ALCATEL as Senior Executive Vice President, member of the Executive Committee, in charge of International business and industrial holdings. From 1995 to 1997 she was Partner of Lazard Frères & Cie. From 1990 to 1995 she worked for the French President’s office, in charge of international economy and foreign trade missions in 1990, then Deputy Chief of Staff and Personal Representative to the French President, in charge of the G7/G8 Summits’ from 1991. Anne Lauvergeon began her career in 1983 in the steel industry, at Usinor, before working on nuclear & chemical safety issues in Europe at the French Atomic Energy Commission.
Anne Lauvergeon is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the French National School of Mining Engineer. She holds an advanced degree in Physics & Chemistry.
Mrs Lauvergeon is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Imperial College, London (2008), Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK 2011) and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Belgium (2012).
Ranked twice by Time Magazine amongst 100 most influential people in the world; ranked by Forbes (Fortune Global), the Financial Times as one of the most powerful and influential women in Europe and in the world.
Atypical self-taught and self-made entrepreneur, the father of wireless hands-free systems for cars has a flair for innovation. He draws most of his products and personally supervises all projects as well as the 400 engineers working in the R&D department of Parrot. Henri Seydoux started his career in 1978, working as a journalist for French underground and ‘avant-garde’ magazine "Actuel". It was during an interview with Roland Moreno, the inventor of the smart card, that he found his calling. He was 19 years old, gave up journalism and entered the world of computing and programming. He tinkered with software before creating his first company, specialized in 3D imaging. He founded Parrot in 1994 and designed 3 years later the first electronic organizer with built-in voice recognition.
This expertise in digital signal processing enabled the development of the first Bluetooth hands-free telephone for the car in 2001. Calling on his expertise in wireless technologies, Henri Seydoux developed in 2008 a range of multimedia products by which he associates himself with big names in design: digital photo frames, wireless speakers, headphones… The Parrot Zik tactile wireless headphone, designed by Starck, is one of its icons. In 2010, Parrot created the first ever consumer drone (AR.Drone), and in 2012 Parrot invested in leading professional drone companies, Pix4D and senseFly. 2014 was the beginning of Parrot Minidrones, ultra-light, fun drones that could be used indoors, all the while using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Henri Seydoux is an entrepreneur and Parrot a vast research department. In 2018, Parrot is now the leading European drone group ready to set the trends of this booming consumer and commercial drone market.
Partech represented by Jean Marc PATOUILLAUD
Jean-Marc is one of the two managing partners of Partech. He joined in 1996.
Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm, and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division.
Jean-Marc currently serves on the board of Acco, Alltricks, Dayuse, HappyTal, Novasparks, Sensee and Sigfox. He has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL), Apogee (acq. by Colt) and LaFourchette (acq by TRIPADVISOR).
Jean-Marc has been a director of Teads for the last 24 months, prior to the acquisition by Altice (AMS: ATC). This was a critical time for the multi-continental expansion and the definition of the company value proposition.
He holds an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris-Saclay. Married, with three children, Jean-Marc lives in Versailles. He has sailed on most of the oceans and has climbed numerous peaks in the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, the Tetons, and the Alps. He is also an avid cave explorer and flies over the Versailles Palace every week.
Intel Capital represented by Abdul GUEFOR
Abdul is an Investment Director for Intel Capital covering Western European transactions. His investment focus areas include Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Mobility. Before rejoining Intel Capital in 2015, Abdul served as Intel's Assistant Treasurer for five years - leading EMEA fixed income investing, FX trading and cash management activities. Abdul first joined Intel Capital in 1999.
His current board positions include Aledia, MariaDB, ProGlove, Prophesee, Sigfox and what3words.
Before Intel, Abdul spent seven years with PwC Corporate Finance, was a design engineer with Plessey Semiconductors and a robotics researcher with Ikerlán in Spain. Abdul is a UK-qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an honours degree in Electronic Engineering.
BPI France represented by Paul-Francois FOURNIER
Aged 49, Paul-Francois Fournier started up his career as a Project Engineer wihtin France Telecom Corporate Division. Office Manager for the Corporate Division Director in 1997, he joined Wanadoo first as ADSL Director in 2001, then as General Manager of the Broadband Business Unit. From 2003 to 2006 he leads, within Residential Communication Services Division, the development of Broadband and fixed-mobile convergence services at a European level.
He was in charge of the development of the Livebox, the Orange home gateway now deployed at 7 million units. From Janurary 2006 till November 2007, he worked for the Group Strategic Marketing Division managing the Advanced Products and Services Direction of the Technocenter. In November 2007, Paul-Francois Fournier is the Executive VP in charge of the Audience and Advertising Division, where he made Dailymotion acquisition.
In January 2011, he was appointed Executive VP of the Technocenter (Chief Innovation Officer) in Orange, He successfully launched Orange Cloud Services..
In April 2013, he joined Bpifrance as Senior Executive VP of Innovation Direction, Member of the Executive Committee.
Total Energy Ventures represented by Girish NADKARNI
Girish Nadkarni is the Chief Executive Office of Total Energy Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Total, S.A., based in Paris. Prior to that he was the founder and President of ABB Technology Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ABB. During his 15-year career at ABB, Girish ran the global automotive business for ABB’s Robotics Division, and was global head of strategy and marketing for the Automation Division.
Girish earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Bombay where he was a gold medalist, his masters of law degree from the University of Virginia which he attended as a DuPont Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard where he was designated a Baker Scholar.
Girish is considered a thought leader in the area of corporate venture investing and is a frequent speaker at venture capital and industry conferences around the world. He advice is often sought by major companies which are looking to start or reposition their corporate venture groups. Girish has also served as advisor to the World Economic Forum and was on the selection committee to choose the WEF Technology Pioneers for a number of years.
Girish has been listed on the Global Corporate Venturing Power List 100 for the past 4 years.
Roland Berger represented by Charles Edouard Bouée
Charles-Edouard Bouée is the global CEO of Roland Berger. Charles-Edouard is a seasoned expert in reorganization, post-merger projects and integration programs, as well as performance improvement, and specializes in disruptive innovation, new technologies and digital transformation, and is convinced that AI heralds a new golden of social and economic opportunities. He has fulfilled consulting mandates for leading international companies and organizations globally.
Charles-Edouard graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is involved in various business and community organizations around the globe. He sits on the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School and is a member of the Advisory Council of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and a member of International Advisory Board of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). On January 1, 2017, he was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Charles-Edouard Bouée has authored various books on Artificial Intelligence modern management and China, such as China's Management Revolution. His most recent book La Chute de l'Empire humain, a fictitious story about Artificial Intelligence, was published in March 2017.
Elliott Management represented by Franck Tuil
Franck Tuil is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Elliott Associates, a global investment firm with US$35Bn under management. Having joined Elliott in 2001, Franck covers a wide range of investments for Elliott, including taking stakes in public companies, providing financing or asset backed lending, as well as private equity.
Franck is an Alumni of Ecole Polytechnique in France