Gilles Ridel is Founder and CEO of Nexway. Mr. Ridel is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded Avenda in 1995, one of France’s first e-commerce service providers. Avenda rapidly grew into a leading provider of e-commerce consulting, hosting and marketing agency services that was ultimately sold in the year 2000 to 9 Télécom, now part of SFR. Mr. Ridel is a member of the board of directors of ITS Group, a systems integrator listed on the Eurolist C stock exchange in Paris. Mr. Ridel holds an MSc in Sciences and Technology from Esigelec School of Engineering in Rouen, France.
He is also the president of Openîmes, the economic development agency of Nîmes Métropole.