Gareth JAMES


Nationality: British

Principal Areas of Expertise

  • Programming Languages: PHP, Perl
  • Frameworks: Symfony
  • Operating systems: Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat), OS X, FreeBSD, Solaris
  • Databases: MySQL, Oracle

Employment History

2010 - present Founder, Paris (France).
  • Founder and lead developer of European restaurant guide, Multi lingual site available in English, French, Spanish and German. Thousands of restaurants across Europe with hundreds of thousands of user reviews. Site was launched in 2001 and today is one of the leading French language restaurant review sites.
1999 - 2010 Yahoo! Europe, Paris (France).
  • 2007 - present : Engineering Program Manager, Yahoo! EuroSport, Europe. Lead project manager for launch of cobranded (Yahoo!/Eurosport) european sports site across 5 countries.
  • 2002 - 2006 : Lead Engineer, Yahoo! Personals, Europe. Work with US engineering team to launch Yahoo! personals in UK, France and Germany. Porting of US personals platform from proprietary language to PHP/MySQL. Management of european engineering team. Coordination with marketing and product teams. Closure and outsourcing of platform following sale of site to partner.
  • 2000 - 2002 : Work with European Infrastructure group. Development of platform to migrate data from Oracle to MySQL DB
  • 1999 - 2000 : Launch of european Weather Platform (Java/Oracle)
1998 - 1999 Calvacom / PSINet France, Velizy (France). Responsible for application development (C, Perl, SQL, CGI, Javascript). Web site creation. Maintenance of UNIX (Solaris) and Linux servers. Administration of web server (Apache). Pre-sale and after-sale contact with clients.
1997 - 1998 Ecole Active Bilingue, Paris. Installation of Linux-based TCP/IP network - SMB print server, file server, firewall and Internet proxy server. Student IT training.
1997 Cybion, La Defense, Paris. Conception and implementation of an on-line catalogue and payment system via internet, and other PERL/C scripts. Administration of web server (Apache/FreeBSD).
1996-1997 Zetnet Services, Manchester (England). PERL, C Programming. Management of a UNIX network for an internet service provider.


1995-96: University of York, England
Masters of Science, Music Technology. Studies included signal processing, software development (C/UNIX), hardware design, microprocessor programming.

1991-94: University of Sheffield, England
Bachelor of Engineering. Course included French and Spanish for engineers

Sport and leisure activities

Rock climbing around Europe, cycling, hill walking and swimming.

Languages Spoken

English (Mother tongue)
French (Bilingual)
Spanish (Level B1)
German (Level B1)


Available on request
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