As Acision's Executive Chairman, Didier Bench provides strategic direction on the evolution and vision of the company, as it enhances its position in enterprise services and strengthens its leadership role in mobile messaging, business analytics and commercial mobile services.
As a digital media veteran, Didier has a wealth of business development expertise and has been influential in steering the organisation as it executes on its strategy to increase its value in the mobile ecosystem by effectively leveraging existing and new market opportunities in mobile messaging services, while maximising its drive for fast profitability and growth. He has been instrumental in driving Acision as it delivers new services to operators and enterprises globally and bridges the digital media and mobile divide.
Didier has over 25 years of global leadership experience in the development of international technology companies and investment funds across worldwide markets. Prior to Acision, Didier was a senior advisor at Silver Lake, the largest private investment firm in digital media and technology, where he focused on the firm’s middle market strategy. Throughout his career, he has held senior management positions with several software companies, successfully turning them into major players, including roles as Chairman and CEO of Cartesis and iMediation and Vice President and General Manager of Netscape EMEA.
As an investor, Didier was formerly Senior Partner for CDP Technology Ventures, a Canadian private equity fund operating in North American and European markets. Didier holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Paris VII University and a master’s degree in marketing and finance from Paris X University.
As Chief Executive at Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, Adolfo Hernandez is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the company to ensure Acision can capitalise on the growing opportunities in the mobile market, while boosting customer engagement, influencing its sales efforts, striving for operational excellence and inspiring innovation, as well as steering the company’s product portfolio in line with market drivers.
Prior to Acision, Adolfo spent four years at Alcatel-Lucent (EPA:ALU), with his most recent position being Executive Vice President, Global Software Services and Solutions, where he was also an instrumental member of the Executive Committee, reporting to the Group CEO. In this role, Adolfo was responsible for all of Alcatel-Lucent’s software application solutions and services business globally, and headed up their strategic industry domains across utilities, transportation and government managing support, operational, professional and consulting services teams.
Adolfo also held senior management roles at Sun Microsystems, Inc (NASDAQ: SUNW), where he was responsible for all aspects of its services business around the world. He also spent eight years with IBM (NYSE:IBM) in London and Munich where he held a variety of sales leadership positions in the areas of eBusiness and Open Systems.
Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer, Karen Griffiths is responsible for corporate finance and ICT functions at Acision.
With over 30 years experience, Karen has a wealth of knowledge in both finance and senior management roles, having operated at CFO, SVP and Finance Director levels. Karen completed 18 years at The Coca-Cola Company where her responsibilities included financial leadership for manufacturing and logistics of concentrate supply, as well as financial shared services for The Coca-Cola Company revenue stream in Europe.
Prior to her appointment at Acision, Karen held the position of SVP & CFO Europe, at technology distribution company, Ingram Micro, and was responsible for 15 countries and centres of excellence in treasury, M&A, as well as tax and credit reporting. Karen also worked as an independent consultant developing and delivering leadership, finance and change management programmes for executives across Europe and the Middle East.
Chief Marketing Officer & EVP Product
As Chief Marketing Officer, JF Sullivan oversees Acision’s marketing functions, including strategic, corporate and product marketing. Within Acision’s strategic focus areas of IP Messaging, Enterprise Messaging and Global Services, JF crystalises the business value and packages these offers for the market.
Having worked in marketing roles across the IT and telecoms industries for over 20 years, JF has a proven track record in managing marketing teams to deliver ‘go to market’ programmes, creative collateral, lead generation initiatives, channel marketing, as well as web development and enablement.
Prior to Acision, JF held senior marketing roles at a number of mobile and digital-media focused companies, including Cloudmark, Lotus Communications and Netscape Communications. His most recent role was at eleven, a leading email security service in Germany, where he held the position of VP Marketing, responsible for the company’s overall marketing strategy and go to market propositions.
Jim Saunders joined Acision in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Engineering, appointed to lead Acision’s Engineering division (formally R&D), and is responsible for strengthening the company’s engineering operations playing a pivotal role in driving further opportunities for the business by bringing new, relevant products and services to market.
Working closely with JF Sullivan, EVP of Product and CMO, Jim will drive greater integration and innovation within the Product and Engineering functions, to deliver superior quality products to market faster and to enhance the company’s competitive advantage within the industry.
Prior to Acision, Jim Saunders held the role Global Head of Capital Market Product Development at Misys, responsible for 600+ employees across the globe and leading the development of their four flagship products. He moved into this role from Thomson Reuters RISK business, when it merged with Misys in 2012. Before that, Jim held product development and senior management positions at Cartesis, America Online and Netscape Communications.
EVP Enterprise Services
As Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services, Matt leads Acision’s enterprise strategy and business development activities while enhancing operator and brand relationships. Additionally, Matt will lead Acision’s strategic relationship with mobile developer and interactive solutions provider, Soli in order to fast-track new opportunities for growth in mobile CRM and engagement.
Before his appointment to Acision, Matt held the role of Group Commercial Director at Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company, where he led the rapid growth of the company. He also spearheaded MIG’s drive into mobile operators and brands including EE, Vodafone, Skype, EA Games, New Look and Barclaycard. Matt was instrumental in the sale of MIG to Velti PLC at the end of 2011 and successfully launched MIG’s mobile web business, which now forms a core part of Velti’s technology portfolio.
EVP Human Resources
As EVP of Human Resources, Janet Turner is responsible for the provision of HR services, employee engagement and career development at Acision.
Janet has a wealth of experience within the field of human resources with a strong emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Janet was involved with two of the biggest mergers in the IT industry, Digital/Compaq and Compaq/HP before leading the HR function at Acision through the de-merger from Logica.