Board of Directors
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Independent Director
Barbara Thoralfsson, 62, holds a BA Psychology from Duke University (USA) and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia Business School (USA). She has extensive experience as a non-executive director with public and privately held companies in a wide variety of industries. She has served on the boards of Tandberg, Electrolux, Telenor, Cable & Wireless Communications and Colart (where she was Non-Executive Chair). An entrepreneur, Barbara has been CEO of Midelfart & Co AS, Norway’s leading health and beauty care distributor for several multinational vendors, between 1995 and 2000 and CEO of NetCom ASA, a telecommunications company, between 2001 and 2005.
Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt
Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, 51, holds a doctorate in Geopolitics from Paris-Sorbonne University and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. She worked at the United Nations as the Secretary General's Sherpa in the mid-1990s before joining the corporate world and negotiating numerous international mergers and acquisitions, mainly in the industrial sector. Subsequently, she has held senior management positions at several large, international companies in the high technology sector. She currently sits on the board of directors of several French and international companies and teaches at the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris.
Nathalie Bühnemann, 43, holds an Audit and Finance degree from ESCP European School of Management (France) and is certified as a public accountant in France (DEC). Since 2018, she has served as Group Chief Financial Officer of Akka Technologies. Since 2020, she has been supervising the overhead structure of the AKKA group and has also been a member of the board of directors of Akka Technologies. She has also served as Akka Technologies' (i) Group Finance Director from 2016 to 2019, (ii) Head of Corporate Finance from 2015 to 2016, (iii) Head of Group Reporting, Consolidation and Integration from 2014 to 2016 and (iv) Finance Controller from 2013 to 2014. Prior to joining Akka Technologies, she was a Financial Consultant at PwC from 2001 to 2013.
CEO, Executive Director
Jesper Trolle, 48, holds an Executive MBA in General Management from Henley Business School. Jesper is vastly experienced with the IT industry having worked for over 28 years in the sector both within the reseller community and distribution. In 2001, Jesper established Next Denmark A/S on the Danish market, which was later acquired by DNS, which in turn was acquired by Arrow in 2005. Following the acquisition, Jesper held a number of diverse positions within Arrow, seeing rapid success and progression, including stints in Germany running central and eastern Europe, and Paris, running north-west Europe and ANZ. He took up the role as Arrow’s President Americas in 2017, based out of Denver, Colorado, where he successfully grew a double-digit billion-dollar business.
Founder, Non Independent Director
Olivier Breittmayer, 57, holds a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion business school (France) and a degree in Economic Sciences from the Université Paris X (France). He has more than 34 years’ experience of working with fast-growth technology companies across sales, marketing, product development and management roles. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Exclusive Networks from 2005 to 2021. Since 2021, he has been Chairman of the board of Colisée Group. He served also as (i) Chief Executive Officer of Cirel Systems from 1997 to 1999, (ii) Chief Executive Offer of Newlink from 1997 to 2000 and (iii) Managing Director of Alasso Southern Europe from 2000 to 2002.
Director Representative of Permira
Michail Zekkos, 44, holds degrees in Political Sciences and Economics from Athens Law School (Greece), and the American College of Greece, respectively. He also holds a Master’s in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School (England) and an MBA from INSEAD (France). Michail joined Permira in 2007 and is a partner. At Permira, Michail focuses on investment opportunities in technology businesses and has extensive experience in the sector. Prior to joining Permira, Michail worked in technology investment banking at JPMorgan. Michail is a member of the board of directors of Curriculum Associates and has experience as a member of the boards of several other companies including Teraco.
Director Representative of Permira
Pierre Pozzo, 32, holds a Law degree from the University of Versailles (France), a Master’s in Management from HEC Paris (France), and a Master’s in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University (Italy). Pierre joined Permira in 2013 and is a principal. At Permira, Pierre focuses on investment opportunities in technology businesses and has extensive experience in the sector. Prior to joining Permira, Pierre worked for Credit Suisse and PAI Partners. He has served as a member of the board of directors of a number of companies including Teraco and Vacanselect.