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About Us

Meet the NovaSparks Management team


Luc Burgun, Chief Executive Officer & President of the Board

Luc Burgun, Chief Executive Officer & President of the Board

Luc Burgun is a successful executive and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the electronics industry. Prior to joining NovaSparks, Luc was VP Engineering at Synopsys. Before that, he was CEO and President of the board for EVE, the leader in standard FPGA-based emulator, which he co-founded in 2000 and sold to Synopsys in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Luc was also President of the supervisory board of Cofluent, a leader in system level specification acquired by Intel in 2011. Prior to EVE, Luc was managing the emulation engineering team at Mentor Graphics. He has published numerous articles at international technical conferences and has been granted six patents. Luc Burgun holds a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI. Luc is also board member at Cooltech Applications, the world leader in magnetic refrigeration systems, and leads a small private investment fund focusing on innovative hardware/software French companies evolving mainly in the semi-conductor, fintech and renewable energy industries.


Jean-Eric Finck, Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Eric Finck, Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Eric has more than 30 years’ experience in the electronics industry. In 2010, Jean-Eric joined NovaSparks as Chief Financial Officer and oversees NovaSparks’ finance, human resources and corporate services departments.  Jean-Eric joined from a role as Chief Financial Officer from Action d’Eclat (Healthcare communication) from 2003 to 2010.  Previous positions included Operations Director EMEA at Openwave (mobile telecom) as from 2001 to 2002. Jean-Eric graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electroniqueet de Radioelectricité de Grenoble (ENSERG) and holds a MBA from HEC Paris, France.  After two years in the oilfield industry, Jean-Eric joined Philips France in 1983, where he held various positions including microelectronics engineer from 1983 to 1988, financial controller from 1990 to 1993 (Philips Communication Systems), Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1997 and Chief Executive/Operating Officer from 1997 to 2000 (Philips Industrial Electronics, Philips Smart Cards & Systems, Philips Microwave).


Olivier Baetz, Chief Operating Officer

Olivier Baetz joined NovaSparks in April 2011, bringing with him over ten years of experience selling and implementing low latency technology solutions for the financial industry.  In 2000, Olivier was part of the original team at Radianz, the first global Extranet for the financial industry. At Radianz, Olivier successfully designed the solution for the original “proof of concept” customer which established the value of the Radianz community model. He also ran the North American Sales Engineering team for five years and was instrumental in the creation of the Radianz ULTRA service which provides ultra-low latency exchange connectivity to high-frequency trading firms.  In 2009 and 2010, Olivier built and led the global technical convergence project team to integrate the Radianz platform into the global BT Network. Olivier started his career in telecoms designing and selling managed network solutions for large multinational firms. Olivier holds a MS in Telecom Engineering from ENST Paris and an MBA from Wharton with a major in Finance. When he is not working, Olivier enjoys sailing, surfing, skiing and every good wine from around the world.


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Pierre Gardrat, VP Engineering

Pierre joined NovaSparks in 2010 as Hardware VP Engineering. Prior to joining NovaSparks, Pierre worked in the FPGA development industry for seven years, starting his career in the French Department of Homeland Security and then serving as firmware developer and application engineer at EVE, a leader of FPGA-based emulation acquired in 2012 by Synopsys. Pierre graduated from Telecom Paristech (ENST Paris) and holds an MSc from University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris.


Yves Charles, Board Member

Yves Charles, Board Member

Yves Charles was CEO of NovaSparks from 2010 to 2014. He presided over a period of rapid development and growth of the company. Prior to joining NovaSparks, Yves was CEO of Sysload Corporation, a worldwide leader in systems management from 2007 to 2009.  From 1996 to 1997, Yves was Chief Executive Officer of Quallaby a software editing firm in network performance management, a firm Yves founded in 1996. After moving Quallaby headquarters to the United States, Yves was responsible for running the International Operations until its acquisition by Micromuse in 2006. Earlier in his career in 1992, Yves founded Apogee Communications, a systems integrator in network and systems management and held the position of Chief Executive Officer until 1997.  During this period the revenue of Apogee, grew from $1 million to $30 million.


Jean-Marc Patouillaud, Board Member

Jean-Marc Patouillaud, Board Member

Jean-Marc Patouillaud is a co-managing partner of Partech International with Philippe Collombel, which he joined in 1996. Jean-Marc has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL) and Apogee (acq. by Colt). His current portfolio includes Alltricks, LaFourchette, Novaspark, Sensee, Sigfox and Vente à la Propriété. Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division. Jean-Marc earned an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris.

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