President and Co-founder
Having graduated from the prestigious Centrale Paris school of engineering and completed his PhD in electronics at the University of Lille, in 1985 Laurent Gautier began his career with Cap Sogeti, a large French Integrator. Around this time, he started writing and selling financial shareware as a hobby. He then joined the IT division at BNP, where he headed up the Terminals & PCs department.
Driven by his passion for IT and his belief in the potential of this market, Laurent founded Ilex International in 1989 with René Lagrèze, and started supplying connectivity and security software services and solutions to some of the largest organisations in the world, including airports, international airlines, top-tier banks, the Nasdaq stock market, Morgan Stanley, and more.
After 30 years leading Ilex International, Laurent Gautier still enjoys a hands-on role, including helping drive the company’s international growth.