Organisation and Management: Our managers
Chief Executive Officer - Co-founder
Patrice Chatard, Co-founder and CEO of Finance Active since 2000, has a 20-year experience in financing and market risk management. He started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen before joining Société d’Emission et de Crédit (SEC). He pursued his career at Crédit Agricole, where he was responsible for financing and market risk management in the Corporate Department. Patrice Chatard holds a DEA in International Finance and Economics from Paris Dauphine University.
Chief Executive Officer - Co-founder
Jacques Descourtieux, Co-founder and CEO of Finance Active since 2000, has a deep knowledge of financial management issues. He began his career in Rhône-Poulenc’s and Société Générale’s trading rooms before becoming International Financial Controller for IT leasing – Europe Computer System. He was then appointed as CFO at Générale de Santé and the Newell Products group in France. Jacques Descourtieux graduated with a DESS in Management of Financial Institutions from Paris Dauphine University.
Deputy CEO and Chief Revenue Officer
Frédéric Ceyte is a graduate of the Arts et Metiers Paris Tech. He started his career in 2000 at Sophis, one of the best French success stories for financial portfolio software. He started in the ' products ' teams as Quality Engineer and Business Analyst where he spent 7 years between Dublin and the Paris headquarters. Then he was sent to the United States to develop the American subsidiary. He stayed for five years, and successfully developed the activities of Sophis in the USA. In 2010, Misys, the world leader in financial software publishing buys Sophis. A few months later, Frédéric returned to France where he joined the Sales Team at Misys. Frédéric Ceyte joined the Finance Active team on January 1, 2018 and manages all the commercial teams. His mission is to accelerate the development of Finance Active abroad and to increase its presence with financial institutions.
Chief Technology Officer
Frédéric Bouvard. Graduated from the University of Évry Val-d'Essonne (France), he spent almost 18 years at Cassiopae (now part of Sopra Banking since 2017), building an impressive growth story in the software editor company dedicated to specialized finance (loans, financial leases, operating leases, real estate leases) and leading a large and diverse R&D team. He was also the CTO of the Specialized Finance business unit at Sopra Banking, just before joining Finance Active in October 2019.
Chief Product Officer
Nicolas Obolensky started his career in 2002 at Bloomberg in New York City, where he stayed for 6 years. After getting his MBA at INSEAD, Nicolas worked in different companies, such as Murex and eFront, where he was responsible for lead products. Nicolas has more than 15 years of experience in fintech, including more than 10 years in product management, in high-growth and international contexts. Nicolas joined Finance Active in January 2019 as the Chief Product Officer.
Chief Operating Officer
Jean-Sébastien Py graduated from École Polytechnique and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris. He started his career in 2000 in R&D: at IBM in the USA and AI and implants in Canada. He then joined Sophis in 2004, a great French success story of financial software for front and back-office for trading rooms. After being the Head of Operations (Hong Kong), he became the General Manager for South Asia (Singapore). In 2016, after several sports and entrepreneurial projects, he became the Global Head of Customer Success at Calypso Technology, a software provider of cross-asset front-to-back solutions for financial markets. Jean-Sébastien joined Finance Active on 15 April 2019 and leads all customer-oriented teams: Customer Success, Consulting, Professional Services, Data Management, and Support.