Member of the Supervisory Board and INED
In June 2020, Julia Apostle was elected to Eurostep Digital’s Supervisory Board. Julia is a lawyer specialising in digital, commercial and data privacy issues. She currently leads the Technology practice at Paris-based law firm Bredin Prat. Prior to moving to France, Julia spent close to 15 years in London, UK, serving as counsel for media and digital companies including Twitter, CBS Interactive, and the Financial Times. Ms Apostle holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, USA; LLB from McGill University in Montreal and BA from Ottowa University, both Canada.
Member of the Supervisory Board
In 2017, Patrick Haouat co-founded the company and was elected a member of the Supervisory Board. Since 2003, Patrick has served as CEO of Erdyn, France’s leading provider of research and innovation consulting for companies, governments, and innovation ecosystems. Prior to Erdyn, Patrick spent 10 years in DGA, the French defence procurement agency, as a program manager and COO of a test centre. Mr Haouat holds a degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, France and the National Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space Engineering (Sup’Aero), France.
Charles Henri Hirsch
Chairman of the Supervisory Board and CEO
In 2017, Charles Henri Hirsch co-founded the company and was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Since 1989, Charles Henri has served as chairman of Eurostep Holdings, which has operations in asset management, private equity investment, and natural gas production. Prior to Eurostep Holdings, Mr Hirsch worked as a research assistant for NASA and served in the French Special Forces (1er RPIMa). Mr Hirsch holds a degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, France and a Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T., USA.
Member of the Management Board and CFO
In 2017, Mariliis Kiisma-Männiste joined as a co-founder of the company and was appointed CEO. In August 2019 she was appointed CFO, responsible for corporate, financial and investor relations. Mariliis has 18 years of international business and financial management experience and, prior to joining Eurostep Digital, served as the chief financial officer of HansaWorld Group, a leading ERP solution provider. Ms Kiisma-Männiste holds a Master’s of Natural Sciences and Master’s of Business Administration in Strategic Management from TalTech University, Estonia.
Member of the Supervisory Board and Deputy CEO
In 2017, Serge Marquié co-founded the company and was elected a member of the Supervisory Board. Serge has 25 years senior management experience in global financial markets including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Two Sigma in the USA, UK and France. Mr Marquié has additionally served as a managing partner in two private equity funds and as a board member in technology start-ups. Mr Marquié holds a degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, France; a Master’s in Econometrics and Statistics from ENSAE, France; and a PhD in Game Theory from Harvard University, USA.
Business Development Manager and CMO
In 2017, Neil Mathieson joined as a member of the Advisory Board. In January 2020, he was appointed Chief Marketing Officer responsible for business development. Neil has 16 years of experience in FinTech commercialization with financial institutions and technology companies across Europe. Neil began his career in debt capital markets with ABN AMRO and RBS banks, providing funding, risk and liquidity solutions to SMEs and global multinationals. Mr Mathieson holds a degree in Business Studies and a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Chartered Institution of Marketing, UK.
Member of the Supervisory Board and INED
In June 2020, Isabelle Proust was elected as a member of the Supervisory Board. Isabelle has 25 years of experience in business leadership as a CFO, CEO and entrepreneur, specialising in the business services and food industries. Isabelle advises corporate leaders and executive committees on human change challenges to succeed in their business transformation. Isabelle additionally sits on the boards of SMEs and is a member of APIA, France an industry association dedicated to good corporate governance. Ms Proust holds degrees in Business Administration from HEC University and Political Sciences from Sciences Po, both France.
Member of the Management Board and CTO
In 2019, Marat Saddarov was appointed Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the development and management of Eurostep Digital’s technology platform. Marat has 18 years of global IT experience including product management, architecture and leading hybrid teams of developers, QA and technical support engineers in maritime software, gaming and car rental industries, most recently as the development manager at HireRight, a world-leading background screening provider. Mr Saddarov is a graduate in Information Technology from TalTech University, Estonia.