Meet the members of our Executive Board
Throughout his 35-year career, Patrick PRAJS has managed global organisations of up to 1200 employees. He has served as Executive Vice President of LogMote, Chairman of the Board of Skyrecon, Operations Director for Arkoon Network Security covering France, Italy, Spain, Benelux and North Africa, President and CEO of Unikala Software and Livemedia (USA), Managing Director for Sybase France, Director for Southern Europe and Director in charge of Europe at the US Headquarters. Patrick also participated in the launch of operations for several European software houses on the French market including Qliktech and Deskom.
Patrick holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Paris VI University and an Executive MBA from Stanford University, California.
Rémi joined DATAFIRST as Director of Sales & Marketing in 2007, at a key stage in the company’s growth. Since 2011, Rémi has been primarily involved in Business Development and as such he is responsible for applying the company’s European marketing strategy. Since the beginning of 2013, Rémi is dedicated to the company’s marketing activity. Holding an ECAM Masters of Engineering Degree, Rémi’s Marketing and Sales experience stems from the positions he has held within several software companies. He joined Microsoft in 1992 as Regional Director and in 2001 he moved to CEGID to create and develop its indirect sales activity.
Business Development Director
Philippe is responsible for strengthening DATAFIRST’s business activity throughout Europe, and effectively increasing the company’s market share. He manages the Distribution Team, supervises Manufacturer relations, and is in charge of animating our partner network worldwide. Phillipe joined DATAFIRST in 2000 as Sales Manager for the French market. With over 15 years’ experience in software development and sales, Philippe previously held the position of Sales Director for Informatique 01 and began his career as sales representative with CCMX. In addition to a diploma in IT, Philippe holds a degree from the Montpellier Business School of Management.
David establishes DATAFIRST’s production policy as well as the technical and human means required to be put in place in line with the group’s overall strategy. As such, David is responsible for the implementation, organization and development of DATAFIRST’s production & packaging policy. David has nealy 20 years’ experience in the services field. From 1996 to 2002 he was IT Services Manager for the Sanofi-Anetis pharmaceuticals group, between 2002 and 2004 he was Services Director for Clatit Healthcare Services and most recently from 2004 to 2005, Vice President of Services at Ness Technologies (a multinational company specializing in the Outsourcing market). David has a Master’s Degree in General Management with a specialization in Services Marketing from EM Lyon (European Management School).
Chief Technology Officer
With over twenty-five years’ experience in the software and new technologies field, and after having held the post of Production Manager for the development of DATAFIRST’s solutions for many years, Patrick today provides competitive and technological intelligence and defines architectural strategies for DATAFIRST’s products and solutions. Today, Patrick puts all of his vast technical and functional expertise at the service of our teams through various missions including auditing, consultancy, training and pre-sales support. Patrick has a Microsoft™ certification and he is graduated from Lyon’s INSA of Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences).
Director, Administration & Finance
A seasoned professional, Jacky is responsible for the DATAFIRST group’s administrative and financial operations. With over 20 years’ experience, Jacky was Financial and Administrative Director for a leading distribution group prior to joining DATAFIRST. Jacky holds a degree in Finance and Accounting, he is a Chartered Accountant. He also led several financial audit missions in the past.
Eric joined DATAFIRST at the end of June 2014 as Services Director. He is responsible for providing our customers with high-quality services to accompany DATAFIRST in its move towards SaaS solutions. Our Services Department is made up of the Assistance, Deployment, Training, Infrastructure and Consultancy teams. Eric holds an I.T. Engineering degree and has gained customer service experience with several software companies, and was notably Services Director at Reynolds & Reynolds (ex DCS Automotive), where he was in charge of deployment, training and maintenance, and more recently, Telephone Assistance Director at FIDUCIAL Informatique I.T. company.