AVST Senior Management Biographies
AVST has assembled a world-class management team dedicated to keeping AVST at the forefront of the unified communications software industry by developing award-winning technology and partnering with proven industry leaders.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jean Champagne has enjoyed an extensive and distinguished career in sales and business development in the world of telecommunications and networks. His leadership qualities have been honed and enhanced by such companies as Xerox, BCE, Nortel, Avestor, Sagemcom, XMedius and more recently AVST. With more than 30 years of experience in spearheading the development and marketing of high-tech solutions, he is currently the head of XMedius, a global leader and innovator in the field of secure document exchange. He graduated from HEC Montreal in Business Administration and International Marketing. He also completed specialized management training courses at CIREM-HEC, as well as at the Ivey Business School in partnership with AeA Stanford Executive Institute and at the "Collège des Administrateurs de Sociétés" (Corporate Directorship).
As General Manager of the AVST Business Unit within XMedius, he was until recently, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AVST in charge of the strategic direction of the Company's product lines. Prior to this, Mr. Minifie served as the Vice President of Product Management for AVST since its inception in 2003, and he previously held a variety of executive level positions in the business development and marketing departments of Captaris, Inc. and its predecessor company, Applied Voice Technology (AVT). Mr. Minifie is a recognized authority and frequent speaker in the field of unified communications. Mr. Minifie has also spent considerable time cultivating strategic technical relationships with many of the industry's leading technology companies including Aastra/Ericsson, Alcatel–Lucent, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Mitel and NEC. Mr. Minifie holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington and he is currently based in Seattle, WA.
JEAN PIERRE FILION
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Jean Pierre Filion has over 30 years of successful sales, management and executive experience in the IT and Telecom manufacturing space (hardware and software). He has demonstrated his leadership on the local, national and international scene managing sales organizations of up to 40 employees and 65M$ of sales. Recognized for his dedication and dependability, he is also known for his loyalty, integrity and business acumen. At Symantec, he led the Eastern Canadian Large Enterprise, Enterprise and Public Sector sales teams as well as the Canadian Federal Government sales teams. Prior to joining Symantec, he served as VP World Wide Sales at Performance Technologies (NASDAQ: PTIX), in this capacity his efforts led to strategic growth through organic and acquisition efforts within the telecommunications industry. He is a graduate of l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering.
Vice President of Support & Services
Dan Ravetto joined AVST in February 2006. Originally hired as Director of Professional Services and then promoted to Senior Director of Support & Services in 2010, Mr. Ravetto was further promoted to Vice President of Support & Services in January 2013. Mr. Ravetto brings over 20 years of operations, customer support, professional services and IT management experience to AVST. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Ravetto worked for Telecom-West, a Nortel Networks reseller in Northern California, which he co-founded and managed. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Ravetto served as the Telecommunications Manager for Radius Inc., a manufacturer of Apple Computers compatible video displays. Prior to joining Radius, Inc., Mr. Ravetto held positions of increasing responsibility with Nortel Networks.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Dick joined AVST in July 2009. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Dick held senior finance positions at Saflink Corporation (NASDAQ: SFLK), a publicly traded biometric security software firm, including serving as Saflink's Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2009. Previously, Mr. Dick held senior finance and accounting positions with several high technology firms including Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ: LMRA), a publicly traded developer of nanotechnology, Mercata, Inc., an online retailer funded by Vulcan Ventures, and Captaris, Inc. and its predecessor company, Applied Voice Technology (AVT). Mr. Dick holds a B.A. in Finance from Western Washington University.
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Having worked in high-tech industries for nearly 30 years, Stéphane Vidal has developed solid tech expertise on an international level. He is currently heading the creation and the execution of traditional and digital marketing and communication strategies at XMedius and AVST. His experience includes the use and deployment of marketing automation platforms, developing leading innovative marketing programs, marketing communications, lead generation activities, social media, product marketing, branding, sales channel initiatives, search marketing and email marketing. He takes an active part in non-profit organizations such as Montreal Inc. and Prêt à Entreprendre that help young Montrealers start their own businesses.