Jean-Francois 'Janne' Baril – Managing Partner & Founder
jbaril (at) ginkopartners.com
Jean-Francois is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ginko Ventures, an Industrial Venture Capital Firm created early 2015, with offices in Geneva and Taipei. With Passion & Trust Ginko creates Sustainable Partnership between industry Leaders and Entrepreneurs for disruptive Innovation and superior Value Creation.
Additionally, Jean-Francois founded Connecting Partners SA in 2012 to bring Leadership in the Transformation of Global Companies’ Value Chain & Procurement.
As Senior Vice President and CPO at Nokia Corporation, (1999 to 2012), Jean-Francois transformed Nokia Supply Chain into the most respected and agile asset within Nokia. He was recognized in 2007 by AMR Research as leading the best Supply Chain in the world. He won the 2010 EIPM-Peter Kraljic award for Excellence: “The Organization of the Year”.
Prior to joining Nokia, Jean-Francois was Compaq Procurement Director (1994-1999) (Scotland and Texas) working under direct leadership of Tim Cook. At Hewlett-Packard (1984-1994), Jean-Francois was heading Supply Chain for HP PC Division. Within the concept of “Knowing, Doing, Being”, Jean-Francois learnt most of the key principles in Leadership from his mentor, Gene Richter. Other industrial experiences include oil exploration with Schlumberger in Africa and nuclear research at CEA France.
Jean-Francois was the Chairman of the EC Board for RosettaNet (2002- 2004). He was nominated by the French Minister of Commerce in 2003 “Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France” in Finland. He heald the position of board member at NetOnNet listed in Stockholm (2005-2011), Board Member at Vertu in London (2012-2015), Advisory Board Member at Procurement Leaders in London (2008-2010) and advisor to the CEO of ICANN in Los Angeles (2012-2014).
Jean-Francois is also Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Foxconn (Taiwan), Board Member at Devialet (France), Octonion/PIQ (Switzerland/France), Technical Advisor at Sand9 (Boston), Advisory Board Member at World 50 (Atlanta), Industrial Partner at EQT (Stockholm), Operating Partner at Aalto Invest (London) and Professor Emeritus at EIPM (Geneva).
Jean-Francois received a MSc from ENSAM in 1980 and a MSc from Stanford University in 1981.
Happily married, Jean-Francois has three children and lives in Geneva. Jean-Francois is also a keen sailor and skier.
Dominique Pitteloud, Managing Partner
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Dominique is Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures and has been working in venture capital since 2001, initially with Vision Capital, a transatlantic technology Fund, subsequently with Endeavour Vision, a Geneva based Firm. Dominique focuses on investments in the internet, communication and cloud computing sectors, specializing in wireless technologies. He has led or co-led investments Actility, where he is a Director, as well as Devialet, Octonion/PIQ, Enevo, Cedexis (sold to Citrix), Amplidata (sold to Western Digital), Kobojo, CommProve, Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera (sold to Parallels), eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Dominique is also an independent Director with Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), a prior investment of Vision Capital, and an Advisor with ASSIA, a leader in DSL and WiFi management solutions.
Prior to venture capital, Dominique was Vice President of Marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company. Dominique joined 8×8 in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Odisei, a telecommunication start-up from Sophia Antipolis, France. Prior to Odisei, Dominique held various engineering and management positions at Logitech, a market leader in computer peripherals, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units.
Dominique received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, California.
Dominique is an avid sportsman and regularly competes in ski mountaineering races in the Swiss Alps as well as sailing races on lake Geneva. He lives near Lausanne, Switzerland with his wife and three children.