Who is François Bourdoncle?

Founder and CEO

Exalead and FB&Cie

François Bourdoncle, a pioneer of Big Data and Search technologies, is currently CEO of FB&Cie. Previously, he co-founded and was the CEO of Exalead, a global provider of Enterprise Search software, acquired in 2010 by Dassault Systèmes for $200M. Prior to founding Exalead, he was a senior researcher with Digital Paris Research Laboratory and Digital Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. He was also for 15 years an Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, an engineer from the corps des Mines, and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ecole Polytechnique. He is a member of the French Society for Informatics and of the French Commission for Innovation 2030, and has been appointed co-head of the French Big Data Initiative. He is also Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur and Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite. In 2005, he was awarded the French Engineer of the Year prize, and received the Louis Armand Prize in 1987.