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J. Stéphane Appavoo

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Professional Status

Entrepreneur
Open to opportunities

About Me

Over the past fifteen years I have gained extensive senior management experience in the accounting/finance, commodity trading and software/web/mobile industry, both locally and internationally and I am currently the executive Chairman of Holdem, a medium to large conglomerate based in Mauritius.

My contribution to an organization comprises leveraging a combination of business development, team leadership, strategic planning and sales expertise to meet and exceed expectations. I analyze core operational/business functions and implement the most appropriate solutions to drive continual business growth.

I am a strong motivational leader with solid management, leadership and communication skills and a proven record of growing offices worldwide. I understand the real educational development needs of my clients, both from an academic as well as a practical business point of view. I am able to formulate solutions for clients that enhance performance and directly contribute to their bottom line.

Specialties:

- Competitive Analysis
- Financing, Business Turnarounds
- Compliance
- Call Center Management
- Software/Web/Mobile development
- Management Development
- Strategic Partnerships

Experience

Executive Chairman

Holdem Group
Since February 2011
  • Chairman of conglomerate of companies
  • 200+ staff members

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Holdem Trading
2012 to 2016
  • Supervision of commodity trading operations and FMCG
  • Negotiation at international level between the various stakeholders
  • Expansion of the company in Sub Saharan region (South Africa, Mauritius )
  • Management of pool of commodity traders
  • Reporting , KPI and setting up goals within the organisation
  • Direct reporting to the Board of Shareholders

Chief Executive Officer

FirsTel
January 2011 to January 2013
  • Founding partner and CEO
  • Development of Call Center activities with 250 seats in Mauritius and 500 in Madagascar
  • Specialized on French market with key account customers (Orange, Médiamétrie, Argus...)

Chief Financial Officer

Infinity BPO
September 2008 to December 2010
  • Analysis of business conditions and performance in collaboration with operating and management teams across the business
  • Management of the corporate planning and annual plan/budget process
  • Development and execution of strategic and multi-year business plans

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Feedcall
2002 to 2012
  • Head of Technical and Innovation Departments
  • Monitoring of development teams
  • Implementation and marketing of several products ( Details in the portfolio)
  • Regional expansion of the company
  • Monitoring technical architectures
  • Cloud Computing Expertise / Big Data, Web Services , SaaS .
  • Expert level on developments with IDE Windev/Webdev

Audit Manager

HLB
1999 to 2002
  • Feasibility Studies , Business and Marketing Plans
  • Change management
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions, LMBO

Education

Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) - International Marketing

Paris School of Business (Paris)
2002 to 2003

Post Graduate degree provided in Paris and Boston to acquire the necessary tools to become a dynamic and successful manager through a series of business simulations and case studies.

Masters of E-Business

Ecole Supérieure de Génie Informatique (Paris)
2003 to 2004

Post Graduate degree provided by a business school to train operational managers for careers in E-Business .

This curriculum helps develop the skills to define a strategy , manage and control IT major projects , web and mobile .

Chartered Accountant

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (London)
2002 to 2004

Post Graduate degree awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants allowing access to the chartered accountancy profession ( Level 1 & 2 only)

Masters of Finance

Institut National des Techniques Economiques et Comptables (Paris)
1999 to 2002

Post Graduate degree required in accounting, in order to realize the accounting firm practice internship leading to the accountancy profession and / or auditor

Skills

  • Implementation of specifications
  • Analysis and planning of needs and resources
  • Management of change
  • Methodologies project
  • Mastering UML, Merise
  • Management of remotely located teams
  • Ability to manage more than 100 team members
  • Social Networking
  • Online ERP
  • Payment gateway
  • Innovative services to SME
  • Betting software engine
  • Predictive dialer
  • Online supermarket
  • Multi platform POS
  • Work from Home engine
  • Classified ads site
  • iOS/Android Senior Development
  • Development under Windev
  • Development under Webdev
  • Development under Windev Mobile
  • Oracle, AS 400, SQL
  • Management Control
  • General accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Taxation
  • Project management
  • Strategy development
  • Sales Management division
  • English - Native
  • French - Native

Interests

  • Motor sports
  • Spot sports
  • Movies
  • Expositions
  • Visits of the 5 continents
  • Multi cultural explorations