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Bernard Sanchez

Engineering Director


With more than 25 years of experience in leading software projects and teams in the field of network security and Java development, I am looking for exciting new challenges where leadership, technical vision, and human synergies matter.

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+33(0) 603 207 353

1226 Route de Grasse
06140 VENCE


1999-2022 Stonesoft/McAfee/Intel/Websense/Forcepoint

2013-2022 Engineering Director (NGFW SMC)
2014-2016 R&D Site Manager (Intel Security Sophia Antipolis)
2003-2013 Managing Director (Stonesoft France)
2001-2002 Project Manager (NGFW SMC)
1999-2000 Team Leader (NGFW SMC)

I led the development of the Security Management Center of our Next Gen Firewall (NGFW SMC) for the last two decades, contributing over the years to all aspects of the product development, from initial conception to maintenance, releases after releases and versions after versions, building a strong development team that have achieved one of the industry references and the key differentiator for the product.

NGFW SMC is a large Java multi-tiers innovative application that allows to configure, operate, and pilot thousands of NGFW engines through various UI and APIs.

1997-1999 Octel / Lucent Technologies (Nice Arénas)

Team leader & Software development (C++) for a mail messaging system on top of a voice messaging architecture

1996-1997 IBM (La Gaude)

C++ Software developer – IBM 3746 communication controller UI development

Technical background

I have a software development education, and despite I haven’t recently sharpen my development skills, I’m more than familiar with many languages including C/C++, Java, Python, and scripts languages.

I’ve been mostly operating all my career in the Network field, which constitutes my primary background. Due to the extent of my work in the Firewall business, I’ve a large experience in network security use cases and deployments, from standard perimeter security to more recent hybrid architectures that covers roaming users and private and public cloud services usage and protection.


Engineering Management
- product development
- software development
- Teams Leading
- International orgs
Human resources
- organization
- budget management
- training
- attrition control
Project Management
- Agile methodologies
- Release Management
- Customer care
Quality Enforcement
- CI/CD pipeline
- processes
- cerfitications
Site direction
- Tax credits projects
- budget
- employee board


1994 DEA Informatique Génie Logiciel et IA (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
1991 DUT Informatique (IUT Nice)
1988 Baccalauréat C (Académie de Nice)


Classical music enthusiast, as a baryton in an amateur octet, piano & guitar practice, cooking, theatre and films

Personal references are available on demand.
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