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Corporate Leadership

Ateme’s executive team brings decades of experience and leadership that guide the company’s direction. Since the founding of Ateme, the company has been led by an experienced management team that combines engineering talent with business talent and commitment to customers.

Co-founder, President, CEO

Michel Artières

VP Human Resources

Stéphanie Pignal

Chief Technology Officer

Mickaël Raulet

Chief Finance Officer

Fabrice Sana

Chief Operations Officer

Joseph Soueidi

Chief Strategy Officer

Rémi Beaudouin

Chief Product Officer

Damien Lucas

Deputy VP Engineering

Frédéric Pasquier

VP of

Yoann Poizeau

VP & GM of
North America

Ray Fitzgerald

VP of
Latin America

Ezio Sanchez

VP of
Asia Pacific

Gautier Vandomme

Strategic Advisory Committee

The Advisory Board serves as a resource to Ateme’s executive leadership, helping the company address the transformation of the industry by reflecting on how content is and will be delivered and consumed.

Hanno Basse

Chief Technology Officier at Digital Domain

With over three decades of experience in the media & entertainment industry in both Germany and the USA, Basse has served on the board and been Chairman of several industry organizations, has been awarded 28 patents, and was named a Fellow of the Society of Motion Pictures & Television Engineers.

Pascal Crochemore

VP Distribution Strategy & Architecture at Warner Bros. Discovery

Based in London, Crochemore brings 23 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with technical, managerial, business development and strategic partnership roles at Discovery and Eurosport. Crochemore has an engineering degree in space communication systems.

Sylvain Géron

Former Chief Technology Officer at Canal Plus Group

A graduate of École polytechnique, Télécom ParisTech and Sciences Po Paris, Sylvain contributed to the opening-up of the French telecom market between 1997 and 1999, when he was working for the regulator (ARCEP), before becoming an entrepreneur by co-founding Polyconseil and Wifirst. Wifirst is now the French leader in WiFi Internet access, and Polyconseil, a strategy consulting firm with more than two hundred employees, notably developed Autolib’, the first electric car-sharing service in the world. Between 2016 and 2022, Sylvain was Chief Technology Officer of the Canal+ Group.

Mike Kralec

SVP/Chief Technology Officer at Sinclair Broadcast Group

Mike Kralec serves as SVP/Chief Technology Officer focused on technology-enabled transformation across Sinclair Broadcast Group’s diversified media and operations landscape.  He has been with the group for over 20 years. His previous role as VP/Technical Operations and Deputy Chief Technology Officer was central to launching public-cloud-based media operations and ATSC 3.0 commercialization. Kralec received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Towson University and his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.

Anna Lockwood

VP International at Telstra Broadcast Services

Anna Lockwood is VP International for Telstra Broadcast Services, based in New York, where she leads a global team designing and delivering innovative solutions and services to the media and sports business. Previously, she held leadership roles in London, Singapore, Boston and Sydney. She brings her interests in sports, innovation and women in technology to her board and industry engagement.

Weidong Mao

Senior Fellow at Comcast Cable

Mao brings over 25 years of experience in the media and technology industry, where he has held leadership positions in technology, strategy, architecture, engineering, and R&D innovation. A prolific inventor with over 50 patents granted, Mao has studied in both China and the USA and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Anne Schelle

Managing Director at Pearl TV, LLC

Based in the USA, Schelle brings over three decades of experience in strategic consulting and in heading companies and alliances in the wireless, media and entertainment industry.

Gavin Sheldon

Managing Director, Technology Development at Liberty Global

Sheldon has over two decades of experience leading the developments of award-winning products and services in the UK and in Israel.

Board of Directors

Ateme’s Board of Directors works closely with the corporate leadership to define and execute a profitable growth strategy. The board is led by Ateme’s founder and CEO, and includes independent members with complementary knowledge of strategy, finance and communication.

Joanna Darlington

Independent Board member since 06/2015

Joanna Darlington is Head of Financial Communications/Chief Transformation Officer of the satellite operator, Eutelsat Communications. Prior to joining Eutelsat Joanna was a partner at the capital markets consultancy, Makinson Cowell (part of the Corporate Advisory Group of KPMG) and before that head of European equity research at BNP Paribas and head of Pan-European research at ABN AMRO. Joanna is a British National and a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Michel Artières

Co-founder, President, CEO

Michel Artières is a co-founder, President and CEO of Ateme. Previously, Michel had directed R&D in Image Processing and Compression at the French Ministry of Defence. He specifically directed research in the field of progressive lossless compression for very high definition images, and blurred image restoration in noisy environments. Michel received his engineering degree from Supelec, Paris, with a specialization in signal processing.

Jacques Galloy

Independent Board Member since 01/2015

Jacques Galloy is founder and Managing Partner of Gaudeto, an Advisory and Investment Company focused on small to mid-size technology and media companies. He is also a board member of six companies. He has 20 years of business leadership experience and active participation in successful international expansions in both business and equity capital markets. He served 12 years, until 2014, as Board member and CFO of EVS, a world leader in a TV technology niche, and top-30 Belgian listed company. He co-founded and chaired the Board of dcinex (European leader in digital cinema) for 8 years, until 2013.

Benoit Fouchard

Independent Board Member since 12/2005

Benoit Fouchard is a business development manager for Hexagon AB. At Ateme between 2001 and 2015, Benoit was first head of sales and – from 2010 – in charge of the company’s product and growth strategy. Since leaving Ateme in 2015, Benoit has worked in technology business development positions in the automotive, life science, and health industries – and today in the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction). Benoit graduated from HEC, Paris and CEMS.

Laurent Cadieu

Observer since 03/2010

Laurent Cadieu is Founding Managing Partner of Largam, an investment boutique located in Luxembourg. Laurent served as Head of European Equities of BNP Paribas, and managed BNP Paribas entities in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. He served as Member of the board of Nasdaq Europe and Easdaq from 2001 to 2007, and as a Director of small technology companies in Europe. Laurent graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENST.

Beatrice Pesquet-Popescu

Independent Board Member since 06/2022

Beatrice Pesquet-Popescu is Research and Innovation Director at Thales AMS (Air Mobility Solutions), where she defines, implements, and manages research and innovation plans in line with the four pillar technologies of the group: Big Data, AI, cybersecurity, IoT. She is also an internationally recognized leader in the field of machine learning, AI and multimedia (video compression, 3DTV, networking), statistical signal and image processing, data modeling, convex optimization and big data.