Management

The Palico management team is comprised of seasoned private equity entrepreneurs and online industry professionals. They all contribute unique private equity, online platform development, and sales & marketing expertise to the venture.

ANTOINE DRÉAN

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Antoine heads Palico. He has over 20 years’ experience as a private equity pioneer, founding three innovative firms. Antoine created Triago in 1992, Europe’s first independent placement agent. In 2007, Antoine started Mantra, an investment company focused on listed private equity and non-traditional funds. Antoine began his professional career in 1986 in a French advisory firm specialized in distressed situations. Antoine holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Chairman of the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

GILLES LABORDERIE

Vice President Product Management & Chief Technology Officer

Gilles is responsible for all aspects of Palico’s products as well as the overall architecture and development of Palico’s platform. Before joining Palico, Gilles was director of web and mobile development at Twenga, an eCommerce Search Engine. Earlier, Gilles was managing director at OCTO Technology, a French IT consultant, where he advised CALYON, Société Générale, PagesJaunes, Canal+ Overseas, M6 Publicité and others on IT strategy and Agile product development. Gilles holds an MSc Engineering degrees from ENSTA (France) as well as from the University of Michigan (USA).

KEN BOYAR

Chief Compliance Officer, Principal Americas

Ken is responsible for compliance. A CPA for over 30 years, his experience ranges from management positions with auditing firms to Controller and CFO posts. As a licensed Series 7, 24 and 28 individual, Ken has served as FINOP and compliance advisor to broker-dealer and FINRA-registered companies since 2007. Ken also heads his own firm, which includes a team of seven professionals providing part-time Chief Financial Officer and management advisory services to clients ranging from multi-site retail establishments to financial services firms.

JULIEN PIERSON

Manager Research & Data

Julien is responsible for the Research and Data Team. He has over 12 years’ experience managing complex transactions and data compilation, covering more than 90 legal jurisdictions throughout the world. Before joining Palico, Julien was at Groupama, where among other responsibilities, he handled global execution for the group’s fund-of-fund investments in Venture, Growth, Buyout and Mezzanine vehicles. Prior to that, he held Private Equity and M&A positions with LCF Rothschild, Close Brothers and Deloitte Finance. Julien earned a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance from EM-Lyon.