Founder and CEO
Francois is the Founder and CEO of iotaBEAM, the company behind StarDust™, a solution that extends IoT security beyond the edge to low complexity sensors and endpoint devices. Francois brings with him more than 25 years of senior leadership experience, having started and developed business globally for a number of Silicon Valley startups as well as public companies. He was SVP and Corporate Officer at Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK, acquired by Sonus, now Ribbon), and held Global Sales and Business Development executive positions at AOptix Technologies, Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB), and Aperto Networks (acquired by Tranzeo). Prior to that, Francois was at 3Com Corp. (NASDAQ: COMS, acquired by HPE), managing their $250m/year WAN Access Products Business Unit. He came to 3Com via its acquisition of startup OnStream Networks,
Francois got his MBA from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) and MS in Structural Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyons, France (INSA-Lyon).
Francois is a true “citizen of the world”: he is fluent in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish), grew up in Europe with Asian cultural roots. He lived in Europe, Africa and South America before settling in the Bay Area.