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NewsForge: MandrakeSoft CEO is Glad to Learn about Open Source

Nov 27, 2002, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"At 54, new CEO François Bancilhon is, ah, more mature than the rest of the crew at MandrakeSoft. Just take a look at the boyish mugs of the top executives here, extrapolate some age data,and you'll find that Bancilhon could be someone's daddy. Figuratively speaking, of course.

"When asked why he thought MandrakeSoft picked him to be the new helmsman, Bancilhon does a verbal double-take. 'Why did they pick me? Well, because they needed a professional manager that had the experience of starting new companies in Europe and the US, and they needed somebody to take the company to the next stage of development.'

"Well, ok. But did you notice how much older you are than the rest of them? 'Oh, and I'm a real nice guy, too,' he chuckles. 'One of the team told me 'we think it's real nice to have an older guy here.' I think the company was created by very young people with an incredible amount of energy. But here and there you need to bring in people with a little more experience and wisdom...'"

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