Meet the Team


Founder, President and CEO

Dr. Adjaoute brings over 20 years of experience in developing useful artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. He is recognized as a leading figure in the international cognitive science community, where his contributions have received numerous awards. Prior to founding Brighterion, Dr. Adjaoute was the founder, President and CEO of Cognitix Technologies, previously known as Conception En Intelligence Artificielle, developer of MINDSuite.

Dr. Adjaoute has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University Pierre & Marie Curie. His doctorate was awarded the “Mention Spéciale” by the Tribune des Mémoires et Thèses and he was the first to bring Smart Agent Technology to the market. He has served as an adjunct professor in Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence at the University of San Francisco (USF).



Following his distinguished career of service in Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force and at Scotland Yard, Raymond Kendall joined INTERPOL in 1971. From 1985 until 2001, he served as three-time Secretary General of INTERPOL from its headquarters in Lyon, France. In addition to his leadership fulfilling the traditional mission of INTERPOL, Mr. Kendall initiated joint efforts globally with the private sector to address the growing threat of cybercrime and promoted the need for international cooperation to prevent abuses on the web.
An honors degree recipient from Oxford University, Mr. Kendall has received awards from the governments of France, Spain, Finland, United States, Chile, Peru and Russia. He is also recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Marshall’s Services and was honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.



Francois Stehlin is the Senior Vice President of Technology, where he is responsible for leading the technical strategy and roadmap and oversees Brighterion’s Product Management, Technology Services and Engineering teams.

In addition to is role as SVP of Technology, Francois is also in charge of overseeing and maintaining Brighterion’s security policies.

Francois Stehlin has more than 16 years’ experience in artificial intelligence, designing scalable and secure solutions globally. Francois holds a master degree in computer science and artificial intelligence from the Ecole pour L’informatique in Paris France.



Florent Gastoud joined Brighterion in 2003 as an artificial intelligence engineer. With more than 12 years of experience in predictive analytics and modeling, Florent serves as Brighterion’s director of analytics.

In this role, Florent leads and directs all the company’s modeling development functions: fraud prevention, credit risk, chargeback, healthcare fraud, homeland security and anti-money laundering. With his experience in AI and analytics, Florent is also involved in Brighterion’s product strategy and roadmap. Florent holds a master degree in computer science and artificial intelligence.



Shlomo Elbaz has nearly two decades of experience in finance along with a deep understanding of the high technology and e-business sectors. He joined Brighterion after 18 years with KPMG and Nexia where he most recently served as Partner-in-Charge of international business working for prestigious customers like Japan Airlines.

During his tenure with KPMG and Nexia , Mr. Elbaz specialized in the technology industry with assignments in the European Market. He assisted many companies with the management strategy process and served as a consultant on Mergers & Acquisitions and private financing matters. His experience also includes operational analysis, new product introductions and competitive market analyses.




Lynda Twomey from Fenwick & West LLP serves as Brighterion’s General Counsel. In 2006, Lynda worked on secondment with the corporate group at the London office of Allen & Overy LLP, a leading global law firm with whom Fenwick & West has a strategic relationship.

While at Allen & Overy, Lynda gained invaluable experience with complex international transactions, working on numerous cross-border European M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures.