Our team

Our team is very international, with hard-working, dedicated and competent executives. We proud ourselves to work closely as a team for the benefit of our clients, partners and affiliates.

Jean Cazès

Chairman & CEO

Jean is a French internet pioneer who started one of the first French internet service providers, Freesbee, now part of Iliad Group. Previously, he founded the film production and rights management company Lumiere, now part of Studio Canal. Mr Cazès is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and of the MFA course at UCLA. He also holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris IX and a law degree from University of Paris II.

Sophie Duval


Sophie is an experienced operations director, having worked for the past 15 years in international startup projects within small and large companies (Freesbee, Motorola…). Prior to joining Taxeo, Sophie ran her own consultancy firm as a renowned expert in CRM and business process consulting. She also serves as VP, International relations for the French CRM Association (AFRC).

Pamela Spence

VAT Director

Pam is a Financial Accountant with a specialisation in VAT practice. Over the course of her career she has provided both small businesses and large multi-national groups with VAT recovery services. Pam also served as Secretary General of the International VAT Association for over ten years.

Nils Kernchen

Affiliation and Partnerships Director

A MBA graduate of the Paris Graduate School of Management, Nils has extensive international B2B sales and partnerships experience in the travel and hospitality sector. With total fluency in French, English and German, he is building the network of Taxeo affiliates and ecosystem partners.

Stephen Burke


With more than 15 years of product and service delivery experience, Stephen’s passion for travel industry startups led him to Taxeo at its creation. Before Taxeo, Stephen held senior roles at Knowcross Solutions in Delhi, India and HBSi in Atlanta, GA, and has worked and lived in India and Central/Eastern Europe for several years. Stephen has been active in HTNG since 2004, and has chaired several workgroups.

Clive Gould

UK and key partnerships Director

An accomplished professional with a successful career in corporate sales, account management and service delivery across the UK and Europe, Clive handles partnership and client discussions from his base in London, UK. Prior to Taxeo, he has held sales and consulting director roles at American Express Travel, HRS and BSI.

Patrice Vales

France, Benelux and Italy Director

Fluent in French, English and Italian, Patrice is in charge of corporate sales and affiliation of hotels in France, Belux, Switzerland, Italy. He knows business travel very well. Prior to Taxeo, he has held sales manager and director roles at KDS, Sabre, Albatravel, Air One, and Alitalia.

David Mann

Affiliation and partnerships Central and Northern Europe

David joined Taxeo in 2015 to help build Taxeo’s affiliate and partner network in Central and Northern Europe. With a marketing background from the German print and online media scene and three years of experience working for American Express, David discovered Taxeo through his passion for FinTech, new technologies, and the travel industry. David is fluent in English, French, and German. He is an Alumni of Frankfurt’s Goethe University where he graduated in Finance & Economic Sciences.

Jose Villarubia

Spain and Portugal Sales and Affiliation Director

Graduated in Law and Tourism José also holds a Master in Marketing.

With an extensive experience in Hotel Sales and Marketing.He has held senior positions in Global Chains having spent most of his career in international environments.

José is Director of Sales and Affiliation for the Iberian  Area.