Marcel Dridje

President Emeritus | Board Member International Affairs, Sophia Business Angels
Marcel Dridje

Marcel Dridje, a principle investor in Vaelsys, Faveeo, Cyberflowanalytics, Digitalarti and OnePulse brings his rich commercial acumen and business development experience to the team.

A seasoned European Sales Executive, Marcel has substantial field of experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA.

Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, communication and management with direct experience with Fortune 500 enterprises (IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, EMC, ALU) and startups (Quantum, Andrew Networks, Pluris, Corvis, Ascend and Airespace).

During the course of his career, he has held Vice President roles most notably as VP EMEA Corvis (first all optical router) where he grew the team and business to an outstanding success.

Of French and British origin, Marcel launched his career after completing a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Science from Portsmouth Polytechnic.

He walked away from his first position with IBM UK as an Application Engineer greatly relieved to embark on a career in sales… his forte and passion. He hasn’t looked back since.

Bi-lingual in French and English with a strong knowledge of Spanish, Italian, German and Arabic.

Three major highlights from his career include where he helped Airespace to be the #2 WLAN in EMEA market share and positioned Cisco to be #1 WLAN vendor worldwide.

He also pioneered the French ISP Internet business while leading Ascend’s insertion into France Telecom Wanadoo’s first ISP business to include ISDNET, OLEANE and Internetway.

At Cisco he spearheaded both the NMS/OSS and Cloud Orchestration Software solutions Insertion into the Top Worldwide Service providers.

Again not looking back, Marcel most recently left 35 years in IT and Telecom Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel (Sophia Business Angels Club VP business dev) to help EMEA startups with seed money, VC connections and Business development.

Vaelsys, Faveeo and Cyberflowanalytics are his star ventures.

A self-proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur, Marcel loves new challenges in sharing his 35 years IT & Telecom experience with new High Tech startups ready to expand their EMEA Sales and Marketing success.