Orolia Executive Team

Jean-Yves COURTOIS | Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Yves Courtois is the CEO of Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions. He has always had a keen interest in math and science, and he began his career as a researcher and professor in Quantum Physics at Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He was also an advisor to the French Ministry of Defense’s Chief Scientist. After several years in the academic world and civil service, Jean-Yves joined the defense industry at the leading French defense contractor, Thomson-CSF, which would become Thales.

There, he managed strategy and business development for various defense and industrial electronics businesses, including components for mobile phones within Thales Microsonics. When telecom began to decline under the dot.com bubble, he was asked to lead the Thales Microsonics business, with the mission to reorganize and prepare it for sale. The company was acquired by electronics components manufacturer Temex, and through this acquisition Jean-Yves was offered the management role for Temex.

After a few portfolio adjustments and the creation of new higher value-added initiatives, Jean-Yves led the strategic evolution of Temex into two distinct companies in 2006, one focusing on time and frequency components, keeping the name Temex, and the other specialized in timing and synchronization equipment and systems, called Orolia. Temex was sold, and Jean-Yves continued to develop Orolia. In 2007, he introduced Orolia on the French stock market, which enabled the company to multiply its size by nearly five times in just three years.

Orolia was privatized in 2016, and it is now a portfolio company of Eurazeo PME. Through this privatization, and a series of strategic growth initiatives, Jean-Yves Courtois and his team have positioned Orolia as the world leader in Resilient PNT. His best personal contribution could perhaps be characterized by the strong culture of innovation and technology expertise that he has inspired, which enables Orolia to keep delivering new mission-critical solutions worldwide.

Jean-Yves Courtois is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD in Quantum Physics. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the French Defense Acquisition Agency (DGA).

Rohit BRAGGS | Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer, Rohit is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s overall business strategy and corporate initiatives, with the goal of strengthening Orolia’s market leadership position in Resilient PNT.

Rohit holds an Executive MBA from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

James ROCHETTE | Chief Financial Officer

James joins Orolia from Arkadin, a member company of Group NTT, where he was the VP Corporate Finance in charge of global FP&A, accounting, cash management and purchasing. Previously he was the CFO of Viadeo, a French publicly listed PSN Company. He started his career as financial controller with Air Products before joining InfoVista, the Nasdaq and Euronext listed software company, where he spent over 9 years in different roles in France and the USA developing his financial and operational expertise. In addition James has successful M&A experience both in sales and raising equity.

He is a Graduate from the Institut Superieur de Gestion de Paris with a specialization in Finance

Jennifer STEIER | Vice President, Human Resources

Jennifer connects the dots between our vision and values, capabilities, development and motivation of the team. She has 15 years experience in human resources roles in several industries including manufacturing and service. Prior to joining Spectracom she worked as Director of Human Resources for The Gleason Works and Ultrafab, Inc.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor in Psychology from The State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College.

Leadership Team


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