Yves founded and managed KDS from its inception. During the first phase of growth, KDS focused primarily on designing and developing its break through technology. In the following years, Yves further defined KDS’s strategic business development and product offering, and positioned the company as a leading global provider of business travel management solutions.
Yves held the position of CEO until 2011, when he passed the title to Dean Forbes. Yves remains actively involved with KDS as Executive Chairman, advising the company on industry developments and assessing target organisations for acquisition or partnership. Before founding KDS, Yves was co-founder and sales manager of Klee Group, a consultancy specialising in systems integration and strategic e-Business applications for large corporations.Yves started his career as an engineer at Bull, a server and software vendor, where he held various executive positions. He was responsible for an operating systems development team and participated in various OS development projects. Yves graduated as an IT and Telecommunications engineer from Ecole Polytechnique in 1979 and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in 1984, two of the top French post-graduate engineering schools.
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