Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
An award-winning entrepreneur and business executive with 30 years of experience in international technology businesses; Louis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coveo Solutions Inc. (TSX:CVO), a global provider of artificial intelligence powered business solutions for ecommerce, customer service and workplace applications. Prior to Coveo, Mr. Têtu co-founded Taleo Corporation, a leading international provider of cloud software for talent and human capital management, listed on NASDAQ in 2005 and subsequently acquired by Oracle for US$1.9 billion in 2012. Mr. Têtu was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors from the company’s inception in 1999 through 2007.
Prior to Taleo, Mr. Têtu was President of Baan SCS, the supply-chain management solutions group of Baan, a global enterprise software company. This followed Baan’s acquisition of Berclain Group inc., which he co-founded in 1989 and where he served as President until 1996.
Mr. Têtu serves on the board and human resources and corporate governance committees of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (CircleK) as well as the board of PetalMD, a leading cloud applications provider in the medical sector. He previously served on the board of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services inc. Mr. Têtu is involved in private equity across multiple business sectors.
In 1997 Mr. Têtu was honoured by Université Laval for his social contributions and business achievements. He has twice received the Regional Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was a National winner in 2021.
Mr. Têtu lives in Québec City, Canada. He is an Engineering graduate from Université Laval in Québec City and a commercially licensed helicopter pilot.
Director, President, and Chief Technology Officer
Laurent Simoneau is co-founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer of Coveo, a position he has held since 2011. Mr. Simoneau served as Chief Executive Officer of Coveo from its incorporation in 2004 until 2011. Prior to Coveo, Mr. Simoneau was Chief Technology Officer of Copernic, an early leader in desktop search, where he oversaw Copernic’s product strategy and directed the research and development of core technologies. Mr. Simoneau also served as Chief Operating Officer at Copernic during which he successfully orchestrated the spin-off of Copernic’s enterprise search software division in 2005 into what is now Coveo. Mr. Simoneau holds a Master of Business Administration from the Université du Québec. Mr. Simoneau served on the board of directors of Qohash Inc., a data security software development company, until May 2023.
J. Alberto Yépez
J. Alberto Yépez is Managing Director of ForgePoint Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture investor, a position he has held since 2015. He is also Managing Director of Trident Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, a position he has held since 2008. He joined Coveo’s Board in 2008. Mr. Yépez serves on the board of directors of certain private companies. Mr. Yépez has a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering, computer science and electronic physics from the University of San Francisco and attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Perú.
Prior to ForgePoint Capital and Trident Capital, Mr. Yépez was a serial entrepreneur with a successful track-record in building global businesses and leading them to successful exits. He has more than 25 years of experience in growing innovative, industry-leading technology companies and has served on the board of directors of various companies, including two public companies. He was founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of enCommerce, co-Chief Executive Officer and President of Entrust (ENTU) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thor Technologies, and held senior management positions at Oracle and Apple. In addition, Mr. Yépez worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Warburg Pincus, served as Executive Chairman of a Bain Capital portfolio company, and was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the DeVenCI Initiative.
Shanti Ariker is the Chief Legal Officer at JFrog, a company that enables a fast flow of secure software delivery through its universal, hybrid and multi-cloud Platform. She has more than 20 years experience working internationally with high-growth companies in Canada and the United States. Prior to JFrog, Ms. Ariker was Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Zendesk, Inc., a customer support software provider, for three years. Ms. Ariker also served in senior legal roles at Salesforce,Twilio and Autodesk. Ms. Ariker received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
Gillian (Jill) Denham
With over 20 years’ experience in financial services, Jill Denham brings a diverse skillset to the board of directors of Coveo. Among her past roles, she was head of the Retail Bank at CIBC, she had responsibility for the European business of CIBC and before that she was President, Merchant Banking at CIBC. She has also been a director of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan board and National Bank of Canada. Ms. Denham is a former Chair of the Board of LifeWorks Inc. (formerly Morneau Shepell Inc.), a former lead director of Canaccord Genuity and is a board member of Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited and Kinaxis Inc. She was also a member of the Task Force on the Future of Securities Regulation in Canada. She holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Fay Sien Goon
Fay Sien Goon is the Chief Financial Officer of AppFolio, Inc., a provider of cloud-based business software solutions, services and data analytics to the real estate market, since October 2021. Prior to joining AppFolio, Inc., she held the position of Chief Accounting Officer at ServiceNow, Inc., a global enterprise software company that delivers digital workflows, from March 2019 to September 2021. Prior to serving as Chief Accounting Officer, she held a variety of senior finance roles at ServiceNow, Inc., namely the positions of Vice President, Finance and International Controller from August 2017 to March 2019, Senior Director from August 2016 to July 2017, Director from May 2014 to August 2016, and Senior Manager from December 2012 to May 2014. Before joining ServiceNow, Inc. in December 2012, she served as a Senior 112 Manager at Ernst & Young, a public accounting firm. Ms. Goon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Major) from Delta State University, as well as a Master in Accountancy (Financial Reporting) from The University of Alabama. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California and Georgia.
Isaac Kim is a Senior Managing Director at Elliott Private Equity, which he joined in 2015. He joined Coveo’s Board in 2019. Prior to Elliott, Mr. Kim was a Principal at Golden Gate Capital where he led investments in enterprise software. Prior to that, he was a consultant at Bain & Company. Outside of his professional career, Mr. Kim serves on the board of YANA Ministry, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and children in poverty as well as ScholarMatch, a non-profit dedicated to making college possible for underserved youth.
Mr. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Frédéric Lalonde has been the Chief Executive Officer of Hopper Inc., a technology company that commercializes a travel booking app, since he co-founded it in 2008. Mr. Lalonde previously co-founded Newtrade Technologies, which was acquired by Expedia in 2002. As a VP at Expedia, Frederic was responsible for developing the Direct Connect product strategy and signing up over 10,000 hotels to the Expedia platform, including major hotel brands. He later moved on to participate in various Expedia M&A activities.
Mr. Lalonde has extensive experience in leadership and succession planning, as well as talent mapping of integrated companies and all other aspects of talent management. At Hopper Inc., he has adopted many corporate policies including but not limited to flexible paid time off, hybrid work policies, global mobility policies and universal parental leave. In addition, from 2007 to 2016, Mr. Lalonde served on the board of MakeMyTrip.com, a NASDAQ listed online travel company catering to the Indian market. Mr. Lalonde has also served on the compensation committee of the board of MakeMyTrip.com.
Valéry Zamuner has been the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a convenience and fuel retail company, since January 2021, after occupying the position of Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2019. Prior to joining Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., she held the positions of Senior Vice-President of Mergers, Acquisitions & Strategic Initiatives for Stingray, a music, media, and technology company, from 2017 to 2018 and Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of WSP Global Inc., a professional services firm providing engineering and design services, from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Zamuner has a Bachelor of Law degree from Laval University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University). She is a member of the Québec Bar.