Michel Gien

Michel Gien

Michel Gien is President of Twinlife he co-founded with Christian Jacquemot (former CTO and VP engineering at RedBend Software and VirtualLogix). Twinlife purpose is to enable each person and organization to manage their digital interactions with the same level of flexibility and freedom and to control their personal data with the same level of privacy as in physical life, ie, to help you “Own your Life Online”.

Previously, Michel Gien was executive vice-president and general manager of mobile virtualization at Red Bend software. He joined Red Bend in September 2010 when the company acquired VirtualLogix (formerly known as Jaluna), a pioneer in mobile virtualization he cofounded in 2002. VirtualLogix mobile virtualization technology enables multiple operating systems and application software solutions to run simultaneously on a single mobile device. Michel Gien served as the first CEO of VirtualLogix, later becoming executive vice-president of corporate strategy.


Michel Gien co-founded Chorus Systems (with Hubert Zimmermann and fellow researchers at INRIA) and served as its general manager, Chief Technology Officer and vice president of marketing from 1986 to 1997, to further develop and market the Chorus communications-oriented micro-kernel technology that was originally researched at INRIA (French National Research Institute in Information Sciences), and made it the operating system of choice for telecommunication equipment manufacturers. Chorus Systems was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1997, and Michel Gien became the first Distinguished Engineer at Sun outside the United States, to drive Sun’s carrier-grade high-availability system software strategy. He left Sun Microsystems with his team of 25 world-class experts in carrier-grade embedded operating systems to create Jaluna in August 2002.

Prior to co-founding Chorus Systems, Michel Gien served as a director at INRIA and CNET (France Telecom’s Research Labs) leading research projects on computer networks, UNIX, and distributed operating systems from 1971 to 1986. He founded, co-chaired then chaired the European Unix Association (EUUG then EurOpen) from 1980 to 1990.

Michel Gien graduated with an engineering degree in computer science from Ecole Centrale Paris.