Jean-François Abramatic, chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), has been appointed ILOG’s senior vice president of research and development, reporting to president, Pierre Haren. Abramatic has been a member of the board since 1994.
Christian Deutsch has been made vice president of operations; both Stuart Bagshaw, chief operating officer, and Manuel Montalban, vice president, are leaving the company, and Eric Brisson will be Montalban’s successor.
Abramatic was established the W3C European host at INRIA (the French national institute for computer science) in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995, becoming W3C chairman the following year. During his tenure, membership grew to more than 400 organizations, with a presence in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Abramatic will remain as W3C chairman meantime.
Abramatic is former director of development and industrial relations for INRIA, as well as former associate director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. He received an engineering degree from Ecole des Mines, Nancy, France, in 1971 and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris VI in 1980.
“I have known Pierre Haren since 1984 and have watched ILOG grow,” said Abramatic. “I also served on ILOG’s board during the last six years and was impressed with the company’s business strategy. If I were to choose the most logical place for me in the industry, this was it.”
Christian Deutsch is assuming a number of the key duties of Stuart Bagshaw, who is leaving ILOG at the end of the summer. Deutsch will be responsible for overseeing worldwide customer support and administration, customer training, and management information systems. Previously, Deutsch was within ILOG’s corporate business development group, where he managed the company’s relationship with SAP. Deutsch received a master’s degree in advanced mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Paris.
Eric Brisson has been with ILOG for four years, most recently heading the company’s worldwide telecom consulting business. He has managed consulting projects for some of ILOG’s largest telecom accounts including Cisco, Nortel and Qualcomm. Brisson received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nice and a master’s in computer science from the University of Paris. Brisson is based in the United States.