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Wavecom chairman Michel Alard has joined Ilog’s board of directors, succeeding Jean-Francois Abramatic, who recently left the board to become senior vice president, research and development.

“I am delighted that Michel Alard is joining our board of directors. At Wavecom, he pioneered the concept of high-end GSM modules, which is a translation for mobile telephony of our concept of high-end software components,” said Pierre Haren, CEO of Ilog. “I believe that his knowledge of the telecommunications industry, and his experience both in large scale product deployments and in the management of a dual listed company is invaluable for the future of Ilog.”

Michel Alard co-founded Wavecom in 1993, one of the first suppliers of plug-in modules for GSM mobile phones and vertical applications. Previously he lead a pan-European mobile telephony project launched by Matra Communication. In this post, he was responsible for GSM mobile terminals. Alard graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1976 and from the Paris Telecommunications Engineering School in 1978.

Ilog also announced that Ben Shneiderman, a world-renowned expert in visualization software, is joining its technical advisory board.

A prominent academic, Dr Shneiderman has been a professor at the department of computer science of the College Park University, Maryland since 1976. He is a founding director of its human-computer interaction laboratory, and is a member of its Institutes for Advanced Computer Studies & for Systems Research.

“We have tremendous respect for Dr Shneiderman’s academic achievements,” said Bob Bixby, chairman of Ilog’s technical advisory board. “We believe that Ilog will chart a better course for the future evolution of our graphics components thanks to his input.”

The technical advisory board is designed to forge links between the scientific and technical community and the company. It also includes Martin Groetschel, vice-president of the Konrad information-technology center at Berlin Technical University, Gilles Khan, scientific director of INRIA, and Patrick Albert, Ilog chief technology officer.

With dual headquarters in Paris and Mountain View, California, Ilog was rated the world’s leading supplier of software components by International Data Corp. in its latest ranking.

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