Board Member at Ni2
As a software company entrepreneur, François is a pragmatic leader whose key strength is his ability to articulate a clear vision enabling him to successfully motivate highly competent resources towards ambitious business objectives. In 2012, Francois joined Averna, a worldwide leader in Test Solutions for the Automotive, Consumers electronics, Medical Devices and Mil/Aero market segments. He initially was appointed as VP Sales & Marketing, became COO in 2017 and is now President & CEO. During that period, Averna has grown from 25M$USD to +68M$USD with global customers such as Ford, Medtronic, Autoliv, Google, Microsoft to name just a few. Averna expanded from 4 to 11 offices worldwide and executed/integrated successfully 3 international acquisitions in that short period of time. From 2007 to 2011, François was the CEO of Eloda, a software company providing Web-based productivity tools to Advertising agencies and large advertisers. Eloda has been providing its solutions in the North American market. Eloda was acquired by a large communication group's subsidiary in 2011. Prior to Eloda, François was the founder of PRIMA (subsequently Elix), a North American leader in software solutions for the rapidly evolving Contact Center market. PRIMA was a flagship of its industry. In 2007, the company was acquired by Canadian telecom leader Bell Canada and became BCE Elix. François has received numerous awards, including: "Top 40 Under 40", "IT Personality of the Month in Quebec", "Personality of the Week from LaPresse", "Canadian CTI Most Influential people" and "Young Businessman of the Year", awarded by the Montreal Junior Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science (1984), and an honorary degree from the Department of Computing and Operational Research of the University of Montreal (2005).
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