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Management and Board

 

Executive Team

Christian Muller


 

Founder, CEO & Chief Scientist Officer (CSO)

Christian Muller founded Cooltech Applications in 2003 after winning the “Most Innovative French company” award that same year. Christian gained unique expertise in designing machinery for distinct applications in food-processing, medical equipment, and transportation over a period of 15 years. An inventor of numerous patents on magnetic refrigeration, Christian is internationally recognized by the industry and academia as the pioneer of magnetic refrigeration.

Jean-François Maire


 

General Manager

Jean-Francois Maire spent 25 years in the microelectronics industry. For over a decade, he worked for Sony in Alsace where he held roles that included general manager, plant manager, production manager, as well as product engineer. Before joining Sony, he worked on Integrated Circuit (IC) development and manufacturing at Thomson. He joined Cooltech in 2011. Jean-Francois graduated from École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Électronique et Électrotechnique (ESIEE) Paris with a specialization in microelectronics.

Vincent Delecourt


 

Sales and Marketing Director

Vincent Delecourt has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and management. Before joining Cooltech in 2013, Vincent was business line manager at Air Liquide in the U.S.A. His previous experience includes sales and management roles at Air Liquide and Trescal. He also worked in finance at Ernst & Young. Vincent holds an engineering diploma from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) and an M.B.A. from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris (IAE Paris).

 

 

 

 

Board Members

Sophie Paturle-Guesnerot


 

Sophie Paturle is a founding partner of Demeter Partners. Sophie has an extensive experience in private equity. Since 1991 she has successively occupied the positions of Investment Manager for BTP Capital followed by Investment Director for Crédit du Nord.

 

From 1999 to 2005, Sophie was Associate Director for Société Générale Private Equity. Sophie originally started as an Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (BEFEC SA). At the Afic (French Association of Investors for Growth), Sophie held the positions of Member of the Board and Chairman of “Afic avec Elles.” Sophie is the Chairman of the Audit Committee at IFP Energies Nouvelles as well as the Chairman of Club Cleantech Afic. She is also a board member of two listed companies - Heurtey petrochem and MaisonsFrance confort.

 

Sophie holds a degree from Sciences-Po Paris. She is a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé


 

André-Jacques is President of 4A Consulting&Engineering, a consulting group bringing his experience to Companies or States in Renewable Energy and Digital Innovation and Chairman emeritus of Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials. André-Jacques co-founded Soitec in 1992 and for 23 years, as President and CEO, he was responsible for overseeing the strategic, operational and financial activities of the company. He has built an international high tech group in 10 countries with 5 manufacturing facilities in on 3 different continents.

 

Prior to Soitec, André-Jacques managed several joint development programs between Leti and Thomson-CSF, which focused on transferring technologies from R&D to production. Since 2010, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé has been a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies, a group tasked with developing a shared, long-term strategy for technologies such as nanoelectronics, photonics, advanced materials and biotechnology. He has published numerous articles at international technical conferences and has been granted seven patents. André Jacques holds a Ph.D degree in Physics from Ecole Centrale Lyon.


Jean-Michel Barbier

                   
 

Jean-Michel is Managing Partner of TechFund Europe. Prior to the creation of TechFund Europe in 2000, he was President and CEO of Thomson-CSF Ventures (now Thales Corporate Ventures), the venture capital arm of French electronics and defense giant Thales.

 

He founded this fund in 1986, pioneering venture capital in France and Europe, and investing in more than 50 successful start-ups in the US, Europe and Asia. Previously, Jean-Michel was Executive Vice President, at TITN Alcatel a software engineering company, founder and Managing Director of Planetel, a flat display technology company, and head of the Minitel business at TELIC Alcatel. In addition, he has worked for six years in several positions at the corporate level at France Telecom and six years at the Centre National d’Etudes des Télécommunications (now France Telecom R&D).

 

He has a broad technology and management background, and he brings more than 20 years of international venture capital experience. He is a graduate of the University of Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris).

 

Luc Burgun


 

Luc is a successful executive and entrepreneur with most of his experience spent in the electronics industry. He is the CEO of Novasparks, the leader in FPGA-based high performance and ultra-low latency market data solutions for the financial industry.

 

Prior to joining NovaSparks, Luc was VP Engineering at Synopsys. Before that, he was CEO and President of the board for EVE, the leader in standard FPGA-based emulator, which he co-founded in 2000 and sold to Synopsys in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Luc was also President of the supervisory board of Cofluent, a leader in system level specification acquired by Intel in 2011. Prior to EVE, Luc was managing the emulation engineering team at Mentor Graphics.

 

He has published numerous articles at international technical conferences and has been granted six patents. Luc Burgun holds a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI. Luc also leads a small private investment fund focusing on innovative French companies.


Roger Chevrel


 

Roger Chevrel is an independent consultant. He began his career in public works in France and Iran, and then founded a software services company. He joined Thomson CSF (now Thales) in 1981, became member of the executive board and, as the CEO, successively led their IT, Telecommunications and Solutions and Services Groups.

 

He has managed businesses at multiple stages of maturity, across a broad range of technologies and, for a large part, in global leading positions : IT services, security and military radio telecommunications, broadcast TV transmitters, flight simulators for commercial and military aircrafts, government identification systems, services for offshore oil exploration…

 

He managed numerous acquisitions and divestments in France, Europe and in the US. Roger is Ingénieur Civil des Mines and holds a Master in law.

Gilles Daguet

Gilles DAGUET joined ACE Management in 2000 and has nearly 20 years experience in private equity. Gilles DAGUET worked with the French Délégation Générale pour l’Armement before working at Financière de Brienne from 1998 up to 2000 when he contributed to the creation of ACE Management.

 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2001. Gilles DAGUET graduated from the Institut Aéronautique Amaury de la Grange and the Institut de l’Administration des Entreprises de Paris (Sorbonne University – Paris I)...


Benoît Habert


 

Benoît Habert, Insead MBA & Master of Law of Paris University, is Strategic Executive Officer of the holding of the Dassault Group (GIMD). He is CEO of Dassault Developpement, the venture capital subsidiary of the Dassault Group.

 

Benoît Habert is member of the Board of GIMD, Figaro SA, DASSAULT MEDIAS, MERIEUX NUTRISCIENCES, TRANSGENE, DARGAUD EDITIONS. He is also General Manager of the philanthropic fund “Jeunes et Innovants”. Benoît Habert is also a business angel specialized in Internet / media companies.

Michel de Lempdes


 

Michel de Lempdes is Managing Director at Omnes Capital, a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee. He is Head of the Venture Capital business and he currently sits on the supervisory board of Tronics and Cooltech and also serves on Splendia and Adent’s board of directors.

 

In addition, he has already overseen numerous exits from companies in which has invested, including Dibcom (sold to Parrot), Miwoya (sold to Syncronoss Inc.), MonShowroom (sold to Casino), Si Automation (sold to PDF Solutions Inc.), Oclio (sold to Online Commerce Partners), Novaled (sold to Samsung) and EVE (sold to Synopsys Inc.).

 

Michel de Lempdes’ career began with Crédit Agricole CIB in New York, before he helped to set up Crédit Lyonnais Venture Capital in 2001, which later became Omnes Capital’s Venture Capital unit, where he worked in the electronics and internet sectors. In addition, he has been a member of SATT idfinnov’s Investment Committee since 2012. Michel de Lempdes graduated from ESC Reims business school.