Abiquo’s Board of Directors includes management professionals, experienced investors and technologists.
Bernard Liautaud, General Partner at Balderton Capital
Bernard is a Partner at leading VC firm Balderton Capital. He founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time.
Bernard is a member of the SAP Supervisory Board and its strategy committee. He is also a member of Cap Gemini’s board and its strategy committee.
He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Carles Ferrer, General Partner, Nauta Capital
Carles joined Nauta in 2007 as a General Partner after having led one of the largest Venture Capital entities in Spain and having accumulated 10+ years experience in the industry. Carles managed 4 different VC funds since 2000 and has been involved in 40+ transactions throughout these years, mainly focused on IT related and media companies, with a special focus on Security and Enterprise Software.
Carles led a take-over of part of his former portfolio which was incorporated as part of Nauta II Tech Invest portfolio by end 2007. This allowed Nauta to strengthen its Security and Enterprise Software investment practice.
Before joining Nauta, Carles was Managing Director of the VC division at Riva y García. His previous experience includes management positions in corporate strategy divisions in the Telecommunications, Defence and Auto spaces. Earlier in his career Carles also was an auditor with Ernst & Young. He holds a Business Administration degree from Universitat de Barcelona, Graduate Programme in Administration and Management from Harvard University, and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy).
Helena Torras, VP Operations
BA and M.B.A. in business administration and Management from ESADE (Barcelona, Spain) and an M.B.A. in international management from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. She began her career at KPMG, working since then in business consulting and in the service sector, holding various positions up to general management. She leads Abiquo with the entrepreneurial team, where she joined in 2007.
Jim Darragh, CEO
Jim joined Abiquo in September 2012 with a vision to aggressively grow the business and deliver shareholder value. Prior to this he held the position of SVP & General Manager of the Stingray business unit at Riverbed Technology, a role he began in July 2011 following his influential leadership as CEO at Zeus Technology.
Jim was instrumental in the acquisition of Zeus by Riverbed in 2011, spearheading an award-winning exit that attracted considerable attention in the European equity markets. Prior to Zeus, Jim has a long history of building successful international software businesses across the industry at SAP, CA Technologies and BMC Software.