Our Advisory Board

Since 1991, Yves Paternot has been a private equity investor either directly or through investment funds in the US, UK, France, and Switzerland concentrating in HR services, life sciences, and telecommunications. He serves on the investment committee of Initiative Capital in Lausanne and is an advisor to DN Capital in London as well as Neomed and Endeavour Vision in Geneva. From 1971 to 1990, he was a senior officer and ultimately chief executive officer of the company that became Adecco, the world's largest staffing company with over $20 billion in revenue.

Yves is chairman of the ISREC Foundation and of the Nelia and Amadeo Barletta Foundation. Both foundations are engaged in cancer research. He also serves on the foundation boards of the Verbier Festival and Academy, and the Fondation Leenaards in Lausanne which supports medical research, culture, and senior citizens in the Lausanne/Geneva area.


Dianne Borsini-Burr is an entrepreneur at heart with a track record of founding and running successful companies. Borsini-Burr's true passion is launching new ventures. For Borsini-Burr, every conflict in the business world involves the struggle over freedom, independence, and control. As an entrepreneur, she has been able to control her own destiny. Borsini-Burr's wide ranging of holdings include: Borsini-Burr Inc., wholesale and retail art gallery operations in Half Moon Bay, CA and Montara, CA, Dianne Borsini Burr LLC, a real estate development company, and Entrepreneur Mentors Inc., a venture capital and mentoring think-tank for startups.

Borsini-Burr founded and later sold Accountants Inc., a national staffing company specializing in accounting and finance. In addition, she opened the first branch in San Francisco, CA. When she sold the company, it encompassed over $70M in sales with franchise and company operations throughout the US.

Borsini-Burr has also held the positions of Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Accounting and Finance Staffing at Accountabilities and Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Word Processing at Word Processing Personnel, two companies owned by Adecco (Adia) Personnel Service. Previously, Borsini-Burr opened the first branch of Adecco (Adia) Personnel Services in the US and was involved in all phases of expansion during her 14 years with the company.


Stephan Paternot is founding-partner and Chairman of Slated, an exclusive online film finance marketplace. Paternot is also co-founder and Chairman of Palm Star Entertainment. Founded in 2004, the film production company specializes in literary adaptations and true stories. Paternot is also the founder and general partner of the Actarus Funds. Founded in 2002, these angel investor funds provide seed capital to Internet start-ups.

Prior to this, he co-founded one of the first Internet community sites, theglobe.com in 1994. The company set stock market history when it went public in 1998 with a record setting IPO pushing the company valuation to over $1 Billion. Over a six-year, span the company grew to over 300 employees with the website becoming one of the top thirty most trafficked sites in the world with nearly 10% of all internet users visiting the site monthly.

In 1999, Paternot won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2001 published "A Very Public Offering", a non-fiction business book detailing his experience at theglobe.com. Before co-founding the company, Paternot attended Cornell University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Stephan attended schools in Switzerland and the United Kingdom before pursuing his college education in the United States.

Beyond his duties at the Actarus Funds, Paternot sits on the board of the Heineman Foundation, based in New York, and on the board of its sister organization, the Heineman-Stiftung, based in Berlin. The aims of the foundations are to give financial support to educational, artistic, cause-based and scientific non-profit institutions. Paternot also sits on the board of the Independent Filmmaker Project, IFP.org, the largest national, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers.


Sean joined ICon Professional Services in 1997 as Director of Compliance and Corporate Counsel. Sean was instrumental in much of ICon´s early success by taking much of the technical and legal jargon surrounding workforce compliance and making it easy for companies to understand. Sean has served on ICon´s Board of Advisors since 2004.

Currently, Sean is Vice President of Business Development for EnterpriseDB. Prior to joining EnterpriseDB, Sean spent more than five years at Red Hat in various legal and sales executive positions. A licensed attorney, Sean earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor's degree from San Jose State University.