"Passionate about technology and the Internet, it is with enthusiasm that I join the PrestaShop Team. A tremendous project implemented by a close-knit team of information technology experts, supported by a very loyal Open-Source community that has already conquered more than 50,000 e-commerce sites worldwide.
PrestaShop has everything needed to become a global leader in e-commerce solutions. This project is supported by three values that are dear to my heart: technological excellence, a passion for Open-Source, and a close relationship with our community of over 160,000 members.
This ambition is used to help our designers, developers, and each of our e-commerce partners."
Christophe Crémer |
Founder of SYBEL and Meilleurtaux.com, Christophe Cremer becomes head of PrestaShop.
Paris, January 13, 2010 - PrestaShop, a French Open Source software publisher and European leader of e-commerce site creation and management solutions, announced today the appointment of Christophe Crémer as CEO. At 56, he founded and headed the company Meilleurtaux.com after having created Sybel Informatique. Based in Paris, his mission will be to lead an ambitious development strategy in the growing field of e-commerce. This strategy is based on technology recognized worldwide (PrestaShop won the "Open Source Award 2010”), on a base installed by over 50,000 e-commerce sites worldwide, on a representation of over 12% of e-commerce sites in France, and on a community of over 160,000 active members, including 50,000 developers.
An entrepreneurial journey marked by much success
After having received his diploma from HEC in 1976, as well as from Paris Dauphine, Christophe Crémer began his career at Citibank. In 1984, he created the company SYBEL INFORMATIQUE that specializes in microcomputer management software. In this new field, the company grew rapidly and became a French leader by 1995 with a client base of over 15,000 customers, 300 employees and more than 20 million Euros of turnover. SYBEL INFORMATIQUE was bought up by the SAGE group in late 1995.
After several projects in new technologies, Christophe Crémer created the company Meilleurtaux.com in May 1999. A pioneer in France of the online brokerage of real estate loans over the Internet, he raised 5 million Euros from institutional investors. After seven years of exponential growth, in 2007 Meilleurtaux.com makes approximately 50 million euros in turnover, with 650 employees located in 48 agencies, and receives over 450,000 applications for home loans on its site. Then listed on Eurolist market, Meilleurtaux.com was bought in late 2007 by a consortium led by Caisse d'Epargne.
Christophe Crémer is also administrator of the company Twenga, acts as a business angel for several Internet start-ups, and also sponsored the 2010 promotion of the HEC Incubator.
« I am excited by the idea of joining the PrestaShop project at this key moment in its development. The company, with over 50,000 boutiques set up worldwide and 40 employees, is already the European leader in the growing field of software for managing e-commerce sites. The quality of the solution allows it to grow by over 80% per year and manage around 12% of e-commerce sites in France, representing 29% of its installed base. Thanks to its free open source model, PrestaShop now has a global customer base that is growing very rapidly. My goal for 2011 is to accelerate the growth of PrestaShop worldwide, especially in the United States, to further establish its position as a leading player in the market. PrestaShop has all the ingredients to become the world leader in solutions for creating e-commerce site.» said Christophe Crémer, new CEO of PrestaShop.
PrestaShop is a French Open Source software solution for creating and managing e-commerce sites. Founded in 2007 by Bruno Lévêque and Igor Schlumberger, the development of its advanced technology is based on a very large community of over 160,000 members who make PrestaShop a flexible, powerful, efficient and easy to use tool to create e-commerce sites. In 2010, the PrestaShop community grew by over 200%. With more than 50,000 stores worldwide, PrestaShop is number one in France and Europe, and positions itself as a world leader, in the field. The company is backed by recognized business angels and investors Igor Schlumberger (Leguide.com, VideoMark), Patrice Magnard (Alapage, Maxicours) Anne-Sophie Pastel (Aufeminin.com), Jerome Camblain (Betadvisor), and Bruno Lévêque and Christophe Crémer (Meilleurtaux.com).
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