Management Team

Bringing decades of experience and strategic thinking to lead the members of the Mauna Kea Technologies team.

Mauna Kea Technologies has assembled a team of experts from various domains to overcome the hurdles that have impeded clinical research and treatment for decades. Along with their exceptional technical expertise, each member of our management team possesses the strong team building and organizational skills that enable Mauna Kea Technologies’ multidisciplinary approach to success and innovation.


    President and CEO. Co-Founder

    Sacha founded Mauna Kea Technologies in May 2000 and has been the CEO ever since.

    He piloted the development of the Cellvizio product line and brought together a world-class executive team to raise over € 32 million with investors specialized in the health industry. In July 2011, he successfully led the company to an initial public offering on the NYSE Euronext Paris index and raised € 56.5 million to fund a large-scale commercial development. Sacha started his career at the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) in Toulouse and at the Paris Observatory, then joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, as a research scientist. Sacha is a graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris and has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and Optical Instrumentation.


    Vice President, Finance

    Eric brings significant executive leadership and more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance for companies in the life sciences sector.

    Prior to joining Mauna Kea Technologies, Eric served as the CFO of Biocortech, as the Deputy General Manager and CFO of the publicly-held company, Hybrigenics and as Finance Director of Teva Pharmaceutical in France. Eric's management experience ranges from small start-ups to publicly-held multinationals. He has raised over 80 million euros in equity capital. He was previously the CFO of Radio BFM, the French national business news station. Eric holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Master degree in Finance from Dauphine University in Paris.


    President, North America

    Guillaume is Mauna Kea Technologies' President for North America and brings with him extensive experience leading global sales, securing reimbursement and developing effective marketing strategies for innovative capital equipment.

    Guillaume began his career as a design engineer for Genzyme Surgical and then joined GE Healthcare where he held various sales and management positions including leading the $240 million Americas X-Ray Sales operations, where he successfully restored double digit growth across multiple product lines. Following that successful experience, Guillaume joined Naviscan where he played a central role in launching a niche breast cancer imaging system in a developing market, serving most recently as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. Guillaume holds an Executive MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.


    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

    Chris joined Mauna Kea Technologies in January of 2008 as the President of its U.S. subsidiary and brings 23 years of experience in the industry.

    Chris worked as a Senior Healthcare Analyst at Genesis Merchant Group, an investment banking firm based in San Francisco during the mid-90's. He then joined Teleflex Medical where he was appointed Vice President and General Manager for the surgical instrument business. In 2003, Chris became the President and the CEO of Surgical Services, Inc. Chris holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.


    General Manager, Asia-Pacific

    Bruno has a rich, international background garnered from his studies in Lebanon, Italy and France where he became fluent in four languages.

    He has been a business manager in Europe and Asia starting his career as an Export Area Manager for Sapag, a division of Saint-Gobain, then working for 15 years for Tyco Fire & Building Products where he was appointed General Manager of Asia-Pacific. In January of 2009, Bruno joined Mauna Kea Technologies with a mission to develop the Asia-Pacific market for Cellvizio. Since 2010, Bruno has been responsible for the deployment of Cellvizio in all territories excluding North America, France and Germany.


    Chief Scientific Officer

    François is a world-renowned scientist and the author of more than 150 scientific papers and 10 patents.

    He spent 14 years working on major international astronomy projects such as ISOCAM, the Infrared SPace Observatory (ISO) satelite's on board camera, ADONIS, the first multi-user adaptive optics system and most recently NAOS, an adaptive optics system for the Very Large Telescope in Chile. François has been collaborating with Mauna Kea Technologies since its inception. François is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.


    Director of Operations

    Véronique has valuable experience in R&D, product design and engineering management on innovative products.

    She began her carreer at the Thales Central Laboratory, first as a research engineer, then as Head of the Organic Materials laboratory. Véronique then went to Photonetics, a telecom company sold to GN NetTest in 2000, where she worked as Chief Technical Officer setting up and developping the R&D and engineering departments for Optical Components. Before joining Mauna Kea Technologies, Veronique also spent 2 years at IXsea, a French Company specialized in fiber-optics based inertial sensors where she was responsible for the OCTANS gyrocompass product line. Véronique is a graduate of the École Supérieure d'Optique in France and holds a Ph.D. in Non-Linear Optics.


    Human Resources Director

    Agnès was hired in July 2011 to reinforce the global human resources strategy at Mauna Kea Technologies.

    She brings with her an experience of 20 years in marketing, sales and human resources management. Agnès began her business career in 1991 at the French offices of Reckitt Benckiser, the world leader in cleaning and hygiene products. For the following eight years, she worked in the Marketing Department as a product manager and category leader. From 1999 to 2000 (following the Reckitt & Colman/Benckiser merger), she served as Integration Manager for the Head Office. From 2000 to 2002, she pursued her career as category manager and notably stood in for the Marketing Director for one year. In 2002, she was promoted to Trade Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser. Two years later, she began her career as an HR Manager within the same group and, for the next seven years, managed the HR activities of the group’s only industrial facility in France (with a workforce of 400). Agnès is a graduate of HEC Paris business school and also obtained a Master’s in Economics in Brazil (where she lived for 10 years). She is fluent in French, English and Portuguese.

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