Our Team


At its day of its birth in 2010, AQEST already had more than 100 years of experience in the submarine cable business. Nobody can indeed deny that the AQEST key members owns an unmatched experience in the Submarine Cable domain. Before 2010, the AQEST Key members include:



Patrick Faidherbe sarted his carreer in the submarine cable business in 1991.

He has been successively involved in industrial, marketing and project management matters.

After having worked for two of the main submarine cable system suppliers (Alcatel and Tyco), Patrick has founded Axiom, a consultancy company, where he has been providing his services for 10 years. On the heels of this success, he founded AQEST in 2010 together with Georges Krebs.

Mr. Faidherbe has then acquired a solid understanding of industrialization, of manufacturing issues and a deep insight in matters related to costs and marketing of submarine cables, as well as a great experience in consultancy.

Georges KREBS

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Georges Krebs started his submarine telecom industry carreer in 1980, wi-orking for France Télécom and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN).

He devoted his entire career to the submarine telecom industry and has been able to acquire direct experience in most of the industry very diverse aspects.

He received various assignments in Singapore (during 4 years), Australia (during 7 years) and France.

During all these years, Georges has been able to develop a true passion for submarine telecom and to acquire a very comprehensive experience of this constantly changing activity.


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Michel Martin is a technical expert fully recognized by the submarine cable community. His experience in the Submarine Cable Business started in 1977 in design and operations within ASN and includes:

  • Elaboration of tenders technical solutions in a great number of projects;
  • Negotiations with a great variety of customer’s technical teams: Long haul repeatered links, un-repeatered cable, systems upgrades, Oil & Gas projects, etc.;
  • Development of specific software, monitoring the transmission characteristics during laying operations. Also software for network management;
  • Head of  the  software development team within ASN; and
  • Working and finalizing contracts for redeployed cables and systems.

Michel brings a full set of scientific and technical know-how, an expertise that AQEST is pleased to offer to its customers .


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Laurent Campagne's experiprience in Industrial area, mainly in project management and commercial activities, mainly in project management and commercial activities, started in 1994. 

In particular, he has worked on the submarine repeaters’ reliability in Liverpool (Australia) before being sent on several marine operations.

He then moved to Singapore where he dealt essentially with offers preparation, negotiations with Purchasers Consortiums and project management.

He then consolidated its experience by being Director of Lafarge Gypsum France Customer Service, then Regional Sales Director and finally Quality and Environment Director, which offered him the opportunity to get back into Industrial World with a Commercial mind set.

In 2014, Laurent came back to the submarine world, “his first love”.


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Graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications at Lisbon Technical University in Portugal, Jose Herdade started its experience in the study, planning, procurement, project management, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Submarine Cable Systems and associated infrastructures (Cable Landing Stations, Ducts, Beach Manholes, etc.) back in 1977.

As Senior Engineer in Portugal Telecom and member of the Procurement Group of various international Systems and subsequent Upgrades, José participated actively in the Project Management of almost 50 Submarine Cable Projects.

He was also an active member of Marine Working Group of various international Systems and acted as Onbord Inspector of several marine Survey, Installation and Repair operations.

José is providing consultancy services since 2015.


Godeluck Jean (v2 2b)

Mr. Godeluck worked for 36 years with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN). He is currently making his extensive experience in submarine networks available to the industry.

From 2000 to 2008 Jean was President and CEO of ASN. During this interesting period he succeeded in maintaining ASN in a leading position, focusing on adaptability and flexibility, then allowing in 2006 a strong and profitable recovery.

Jean's experience in ASN spans a range of functions including responsibility for Sales & Marketing, bids and negotiations, thus able to bring a broad understanding and experience across multiple disciplines. 


Devos Jean (new) (v2)

Mr. Jean Devos is a key player in the submarine cable telecommunication industry since 1961.

Because of his experience and his major involvement in most of the last half century submarine cable systems, Mr. Devos has been one of the key global players that shaped the old and limited submarine cable industry into the high technology, professional and global industry it is today. He is really a global expert since he has been deeply involved in the five continents.


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