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Pure FPGA Market Data Solutions

About Us

Meet the NovaSparks Management team


Yves Charles, Chief Executive Officer

Yves Charles, Chief Executive Officer

Yves Charles joined NovaSparks in January 2010 with responsibility for US business development. In October 2010, Yves was appointed CEO. 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-Eric Finck, Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Eric Finck, Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Eric has more than 20 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, Hardware 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 ministry of the interior and then serving as firmware developer and application engineer in EVE, an EDA company leader of FPGA-based emulation recently acquired by Synopsys. Pierre graduated from Telecom Paristech (ENST Paris) and holds an MSc from University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris.


Tom Wojciechowski, EVP NovaSparks

Tom Wojciechowski, EVP NovaSparks

Tom Wojciechowski joined NovaSparks in 2012 as Executive Vice President Business Development.  Tom brings 20+ years experience in sales and business development as well as deep domain expertise in financial services and related technologies.  Wojciechowski is responsible for helping NovaSparks commercialize their pure FPGA Matrix Appliance, developing alliances and sales channels and strategy.  Prior to joining NovaSparks, Tom was SVP and Global Business DIrector at Thomson Reuters where he ran the Citibank account on a global basis for 5 years.  Before that, Tom was Executive Vice President of HyperFeed Technologies, a provider of low latency ticker plant technologies to exchanges, market data companies and financial firms.  Prior to Hyperfeed, Tom held senior sales management roles at Moneyline and ran the east coast for Global Center, a large hosting and managed services provider.  Tom also worked for Reuters for 16 years in the US and Europe.


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