Meet our leadership team

Jacques BONIFAY

CEO &
Co-founder

Jacques is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Transatel.

Former President of Alternative Télécom (the association of alternative fixed and mobile operators in France), Jacques has been the President of MVNO Europe since 2012 where he supervises lobbying initiatives directed towards the European Parliament, the DG COMP, and DG CONNECT. He also actively promotes MVNO’s interest in relation to the French Government, ARCEP, and the Competition Authority.

Before founding Transatel in 2000, Jacques already had a solid track record in consulting, strategy, and business development for Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus Space & Defense), McKinsey, and Alcatel.

Jacques holds an MBA from INSEAD and an Engineering degree from ENSERG/INPG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de Radioélectricité de Grenoble) with a major in data processing..

Bertrand SALOMON

Deputy CEO
& Co-founder

Bertrand leads the design of the award-winning MVNE platform and the product development roadmap. He also manages our relationships for strategic projects with mobile network operators, service partners, and key customers worldwide.

Prior to founding Transatel, Bertrand was at Bouygues Telecom France, first as the Manager for New Products & Services, then as Director of the (nascent) Mobile Internet activity. Before that, Bertrand worked for Sagem in France and in the Silicon Valley (California), in technical development and project management.

Bertrand holds an engineering degree from EPFL (Polytechnic, Lausanne Switzerland), and an MBA degree from INSEAD (France).

Philippe VIGNEAU

VP Business
Development

Philippe leads the global partnership development for all our business segments, from MVNO, to connected vehicles, mobile devices, and the industrial IoT.

Having been instrumental in Transatel’s current position of leading European MVNO enabler, Philippe initiated and now spearheads the IoT Connect business development activities. In this role, he’s helping companies in aeronautics, automotive, car-sharing, construction, blockchain, chemical, and heating equipment, … connect their objects globally and securely and reach their industry 4.0 objectives.

Philippe develops new business model concepts to better serve our client's objectives, such as the MVNO model for connected vehicles and for a fully integrated Fixed-Mobile Convergence. As a pioneer in MVNO, he took part in the first MVNO launches in Northern Europe in 1999 and has participated in more than 100 MVNO inceptions throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining Transatel close to 20 years ago, Philippe was at American Express where he was in charge of the corporate commercial partnership development.

Olivier LATAPIE

CTIO

As Chief Telecom and Information system Officer, Olivier leads our IT and Telecom technical teams.

He carries over 25 years of experience in the IT and Telco industries. He started his career as a developer and project manager at Steria (software firm) before moving to Bouygues Telecom where he successively held various IT positions including Head of different development teams, Head of Operations, and Head of Governance. Prior to joining Transatel in 2016, he was Head of Development at Agirc-Arrco.

Olivier is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (X89) and Telecom ParisTech (94).

Florence HUGON

CFO & Head of
Procurement

Florence leads our Finance, Sales administration, and Procurement teams.

As CFO, she oversees the business performance and strategic financial planning, M&A as well as the liaison and reporting with the different NTT entities. Florence joined Transatel in 2009 as a financial controller and assisted in the company’s continuous growth over the years. This position made her a key player in the NTT acquisition of Transatel, especially during the due-diligence phase.

In addition to her role at Transatel, Florence coaches entrepreneurs in the early stages of their startups.

Florence graduated from Skema Business School with a Corporate Finance major.

Sandra MARTIN

HR
Director

After several experiences in Consulting, Sandra joined Transatel in 2010. In a context of strong growth and competition, she has contributed to the development of the company from start-up to SME, then to an integrated subsidiary of an international company (NTT) with a turnover of 100 billion euros. Her Human Resources contribution was also key in the due diligence conducted by NTT at the time of the acquisition of Transatel.

The transition from 50 to 250 employees required in-depth work both on recruiting employees with rare and sought-after skills, as well as on developing their skills and adapting them to an increasingly international context. On the strength of having helped Transatel build a multicultural team, one of the main challenges has been to continuously maintain the corporate culture around innovation, agility and entrepreneurship. The industrialization and digitization of the HR function are now at the heart of the strategy, in addition to supporting the managerial line in meeting the challenges of the years to come.

Sandra is daily inspired by this quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “The most beautiful job is above all uniting men.“

Marie-Julie LE GUEN

B2C Marketing
& Support Operations
Director

Marie-Julie leads Transatel’s retail activities. Since 2005, she has had a solid track record including project, product roadmap, as well as customer service management, which gave her an in-depth understanding of Transatel’s business. Today, Marie-Julie leads our B2C activities including Ubigi, Transatel DataSIM, Transatel Mobile, and LeFrenchMobile brands.

Marie-Julie is an engineering graduate from ENSEIRB (École Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique, Informatique et Radiocommunications de Bordeaux), with a major in software for networks and telecommunications. She also holds a business degree from HEC Paris (Hautes Études Commerciales) and a Masters in Management and New Technologies from Telecom ParisTech (École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications).

Romain DURAND

R&D Director
& Co-founder

Romain is in charge of both the R&D and the Innovation programs.

Prior to co-founding Transatel, Romain was responsible for Value Added Services at Alcatel, where he focused on subjects related to security, mobile Internet, and m-business. He represented Alcatel in organizations for standardization such as ETSI and WAP Forum. Romain also spent 2 years in Japan where he was in charge of a technological survey regarding telecommunications.

Romain has an engineering degree from ENSEEIHT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Électronique, d’Électrotechnique, d’Informatique et d’Hydraulique de Toulouse).

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