Board of DirectorsRené Bonvanie
René Bonvanie has more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. He currently serves as head of marketing at Palo Alto Networks, a highly successful leader in the network security market. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software, and was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at SAP. Earlier, as CMO at Business Objects, René was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at VERITAS Software Corporation. In his 10 years as Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle Corporation, he managed the Oracle database product line, had editorial responsibility for Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine, and co-founded Oracle’s developer program, Oracle Technology Network. René holds a BSc in economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Patrick is the joint founder of Newion that was set up in December 2000 and he has operated as a venture capitalist since 1997. After completing his studies in MSC Aerospace Engineering in Delft, he jointly founded an IT company. He sold his interest in this company at the end of 1996. He came to work at N.V. NOM in Groningen at the start of 1997 where he was mainly responsible for investments in IT-related businesses. In addition to the IT investments, he has also financed various other types of companies. Patrick has occupied or is still occupying positions on various Non Executive boards. He is on the Board of Servoy, Q-go, Eonic, Asysco, LeanApps and Europe Unlimited. In addition he is actively involved with Mirror42 and Service to Media. In the past he was a Non-Executive Board Member with IKS Producten, AllLocations, Amyyon, SLTN Group, Oxxio, IBT, Datell, E-semble, Propulsion, Sound Intelligence and involved with LightWeight Ventures.
Harry de Smedt
Harry De Smedt is a seasoned executive in the IT business. From 1990 to
2008 he held several management positions at Unit4, a public listed software
company. As overall COO and the security divisions CEO, he was part of the
succesful growth the company went through. His domain of expertise is
organizational and international strategy, innovative R&D and distribution
channel management As experienced investor he holds several positions in
innovative IT companies and in the private equity domain. Mr. De Smedt has
a degree in Computer Sciences, in Advanced Management (Vlerick Management
School), is a Bachelor of Economics and has an MBA from the University of
Diepenbeek in Belgium.