Gilles Samoun, is a passionate technology entrepreneur and strong advocate for Software as a Service (SaaS) with over 25 years of experience in technology, sales, marketing and international operations.
Most recently Gilles was the CEO of NTR Global a SaaS vendor delivering remote control technology to 15,000 companies worldwide and enabling millions of daily connections. As CEO, he led NTR Global, Solsoft and Mediapa ththrough their acquisition. He also founded and grew Qualys [QLYS] as the leader in Vulnerability and Risk Management. Qualys scanners analyze more than 1 billion connected machines per year protecting customers in over 100 countries.
Gilles brings his energy, passion and expertise as an Independent Board Member to technology companies. He has been or is on the Board of Directors of Ciphercloud, Criteo, JoliCloud, CloudWork and KDS.
He graduated from Paris VI University, where he earned a Master in Computer Science specialized in Artificial Intelligence and distributed computing.
Xavi co-founded Abiquo in March 2006. Previously, he worked as a project manager, senior developer and Java developer for Everis Consulting Group. At Everis, he led teams that developed applications for large companies such as PepsiCo and Gas Natural.
Xavi’s work focused on developing XML, HTML, J2EE, Weblogic, Oracle and SQL-based applications for these large companies. Before his work with Everis, Xavier built a wireless network for an entire town in Spain. He holds an ITIL certification from Hewlett-Packard, as well as an IGNITE certification from the University of Cambridge, among other certifications. Xavi holds a B.A. in electrical engineering and an MBA in industrial management from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain..
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.
Ian Finlay is VP of Products at Abiquo, specifically focussing on product development and management.
Ian brings unique insight to Abiquo having implemented the software whilst at Claranet, where he held the role of Chief Information Officer, Claranet Group – Western Europe’s largest independent Managed services provider.
Prior to joining Claranet, Ian was CTO of ControlCircle, leading a team of 50 to design, develop, deliver and support a range of networking and managed hosting services and maintaining data centre facilities across Europe and in Singapore.
Before that, he held the position of Vice President of IT and Business Systems at Interoute Communications, where he led a worldwide organisation of more than 60 staff to drive business agility, productivity and customer service through innovative technology solutions focused on business priorities.
Blair Kantolinna heads up Global Sales at Abiquo. He is responsible for Abiquo’s go to market strategy and partner programmes. Blair focuses heavily on helping customers understand, qualify and quantify the benefits of new technology adoption. He brings 15 years IT experience in a range of sales and strategy roles across all verticals.
Blair holds BCom and MBA degrees from the University of Birmingham.