Karim joined Saama from Plantronics, where he led software strategy and product management, focusing on driving developer platforms, strategic partner integrations and contextually enabled UC solutions. Prior to joining Plantronics, Karim served in leadership positions spanning business development, product management, sales and network engineering at Cisco, Vocera Communications, MobileIron and DiVitas. Karim spent 7 years at Cisco building global VoIP and WAN networks, eventually transitioning to product architecture positions. At Vocera Communications and DiVitas, Karim was the founding head of products responsible for driving product concept to market-leading solutions.
Karim has served as a founder and strategic advisor to early stage startups and is currently involved in mission-driven startups and IoT open-source communities. Karim studied computational and applied mathematics at San Jose State University.
Dr. Mak Jawadekar is currently an independent Pharma Professional. He worked at Pfizer, Inc. based in Groton-New London Connecticut for 28 consecutive years as a Director, Portfolio Management. During his career at Pfizer, he was responsible for Drug Delivery Technology Assessment function involving external ‘Drug Delivery’ technologies. He has extensive experience in creating and cultivating external partnerships and alliances for drug delivery technologies. He began his professional career at Pfizer Central Research in early 1982, after having completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota. Mak was honored with an honorary D.Sc. degree by DYP Mumbai University, recommended by the President of India in Feb 2011.
His experience with Pfizer R&D includes Solids R&D, Drug Product formulation/ Dosage Form/ Drug Delivery development, Clinical Trials Supply Manufacturing, Scale-up and Technology Transfer, Pharma R&D outsourcing as well as Pharmacy areas. He managed several functions/groups within R&D for many years. He was the Bench Scientist who worked on challenging Sertraline (ZOLOFT) tablets formulation which became multibillion dollar products for many years for Pfizer Inc. In the recent past, he had been also been engaged in coordinating outsourcing R&D activities with external partners. He was recipient of the “M.L. Khorana Memorial Lecture of the Year Award” at IPC held in New Delhi, India, in December 2001. He has presented at many professional meetings and has participated in various Panel Discussions/Round Tables.
Ms. Poon is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Management and Human Resources at The Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where she served as Dean and the John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Fisher, Ms. Poon spent eight years at Johnson & Johnson, most recently as vice chairman and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals. At Johnson & Johnson, she served on the company’s board of directors and executive committee and was responsible for managing the pharmaceutical businesses of the company. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Poon spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global pharmaceutical company, where she held senior leadership positions including president of international medicines and president of medical devices. Ms. Poon serves on the boards of directors of Prudential Financial, Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Company and the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips Electronics.
John Hinshaw is a board director, angel investor, vintner, and former senior executive of HP, Boeing, and Verizon. He was most recently the Chief Customer Officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise until November 2016. In this role, he led the strategic accounts and strategic alliances organizations as well as the information technology and cyber security functions for the company.
John joined Hewlett-Packard in 2011 as the Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations, which had the information technology, sales operations, shared services, procurement, real estate, and security organizations reporting into him. He led that organization until the formation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in November 2015. Previously, John spent nearly five years at The Boeing Company, serving as the General Manager of the Information Solutions business unit, and earlier as their CIO. He also led Boeing’s company-wide corporate initiative on Information Security and Information Management. While at Boeing in 2009, John was named CIO of the Year by the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Prior to Boeing, John spent 14 years at Verizon where he served as Senior Vice President and CIO of Verizon Wireless. He also held a number of key positions focused on enabling business growth, reducing costs and improving business productivity. Earlier in his career, John served as a consultant with Accenture. John is a member of the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon, where he serves on the Technology and Risk Committees. He is also a member of the board of directors of DocuSign where he serves on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. John also serves on the board of directors of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which helps 100,000 high school students be college and career ready. He chairs the STEM committee of the NAF board.
John has done a half dozen angel investments in technology and wine industry companies. He and his wife Julia have been making Hinshaw Family Wine since 2012 producing Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah.
John and Julia have established a foundation with a focus on education, health, wellness and other charitable needs. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems from James Madison University.
Rebecca Daniels Kush, Ph.D. is President of Catalysis, Inc. a consulting company founded in 1997 with a vision to apply enterprising solutions to transform clinical research and accelerate a learning health system. She is the Chief Innovation Officer for Elligo Health Research, which is dedicated to engaging physicians and patients who may not otherwise have access to research and transforming the research process using eSource and improved data flow techniques. She also consults for the Translational Research Informatics Institute (TRI Japan) working to expand the International Academic Research Organization (iARO) Council activities globally. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Learning Health Community.
Dr. Kush was previously the Founder, President and CEO of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC). After 20 years, this standards development organization (SDO) now offers a suite of data standards that support clinical research in therapeutic areas that affect over 1.5 billion lives. These standards are now required for submissions for new drug applications by FDA and PMDA.
Dr. Kush has over 30 years of experience in clinical research, including positions with academia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a global CRO and biopharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and Japan. She wrote the chapter on Data Sharing in Clinical Research Informatics (ed. Springer), was the lead author of eClinical Trials: Planning and Implementation (a CenterWatch publication) and has written numerous publications for journals including New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. She is currently an Associate Editor for Wiley’s open access journal on Learning Health Systems.
Dr. Kush earned her Doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of New Mexico.
Bharath Kadaba is VP of Product Development at Intuit. Before that he was VP of Media Engineering at Yahoo, which he joined in June 2004. Earlier, from 2001 to 2004, he was was Vice President and General Manager at Siebel Systems, where he spearheaded a cross-functional initiative to create and bring to market the Universal Application Network Product.
Prior to joining Siebel, Bharath was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Managed Application Services, at AritaSoft. He spent two years at this enterprise Application Service Provider startup and was responsible for building and managing the engineering, operations and customer support functions. He previously worked at News Corp., eventually serving as President of the News Internet Services business unit. His longest tenure was a 14-year stint at IBM Corp., primarily at the T.J. Watson Research Center.
Bharath has a Ph. D. in Computer Networks from the University of Hawaii. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Computers and Control from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.
Mark Roberts manages engineering—including R&D, professional services and partner engineering—at TiVo Inc. He was previously Vice President of Operations and CIO, overseeing the development and maintenance of TiVo’s technology infrastructure, as well as service operations and customer service.
Earlier, Mark served as Vice President of Information Technology at Acuson Corp., a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic ultrasound products, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide information technology systems. Before that, he was Director of Information Systems at SGI. He also spent seven years with the San Francisco office of Andersen Consulting, serving high-technology clients including Apple, Sun Microsystems and Tandem.
Mark holds a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Business from the University of Santa Clara.
Jim Cates has over 30+ years’ experience in the IT field. He spent 20 years at IBM in various R&D management positions, developing a broad range of successful IT products. He has spent 10+ years in Silicon Valley as the CIO, VP/IT and Corporate Process Officer at four high-tech companies, each building over $1 Billion in revenue. He was also the COO of IT Solutions (a startup that evolved to Keane consulting). Currently, Jim works with startups, non-profits and the CA Community College system to increase diversity in the STEM disciplines for industry. He is co-leading the creation of a two year cyber security degree program at Merritt college in Oakland.
Jim holds an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University (OSU) Engineering College. He is a recipient of Ohio State’s Distinguished Alumnus Award from the college of Engineering and is the co-author of two books: CIO Wisdom and Climbing The Ladder of Business Intelligence. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Computer Science and Engineering department in the college of Engineering at OSU and the Arts and Sciences College at Ohio Northern University.
Andre M Boisvert is a 30-year veteran of the software industry and a pioneer in the BI market. He began his career with IBM, where he spent 13 years in senior management positions across sales, marketing and R&D. He next went to Cognos and then Oracle, where he was senior VP of Worldwide Marketing and a member of the management committee. In 2000, Andre became president and COO of SAS Institute, the world’s largest privately held software company. In 2001, he became chairman and CEO at Sagent Technologies (NASDAQ: SGNT) and in 2004 successfully completed the sale of the company to Group 1 Software (NASDAQ:GSOF). In 2002, Boisvert became a director of VA Software (NASDAQ: LNUX), the creator and owner of SourceForge, the world’s largest repository of open source projects. This experience led to his co-founding Pentaho Corporation, an open source BI platform that was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems for +$500M in February of 2015.
Andre is currently a Director of Zend Technologies, Inc. (the PHP company), Chairman of Palamida Corporation (software composition analysis for IP and security risk management), Vice-Chairman of River Logic Inc. (prescriptive analytics), Director of Clario Analytics Inc. (cloud-based analytics for multi-channel marketing), Director of Transera Communications Inc. (cloud-based customer interaction optimization), Director of UK-based SmartFocus Corporation (email and social marketing), and Chairman of Issuer Direct (NYSE: ISDR), a provider of regulatory compliance solutions and services.
Kevin Rooney is a 20+ year veteran leader in the insurance and technology space. Kevin’s leadership enabled American Access, a pure play non-standard auto insurance company, to grow 6x over ten years. In his roles as CIO and Chief Strategy Officer, he transformed the company into a data-driven, people-led organization. His unique blend of values-based leadership, people skills, technical acumen, and strategic insight allows Kevin to see both the forest and the trees.
Kevin has served on several other boards, including his current role as President-Elect of SIM Chicago, a 300+ person network of CIO’s and other technology leaders in the Chicago market.
Kevin holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Dr. Mohit Kaushal has had an extensive career within clinical medicine, health policy, academic research and investing. He’s led a number of investments including Humedica (acquired by Optum Health), Rxante (acquired by Millennium), Change Healthcare (acquired by Emdeon), goBalto, and Gravie.
During his time in the Obama administration, Mohit was a member of the White House Health IT task force, a cross-agency team focusing on implementing the technology aspects of health reform, and testified to Congress on the application of beneficial technology to the Medicare population.
As part of the first dedicated health care team at the Federal Communications Commission, which he led and built, Mohit initiated collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration for the regulatory streamlining of converged telecommunication and medical devices, leading to the release of the mobile medical applications guidance document. In addition, they reformed the Rural Healthcare Fund to create the Healthcare Connect Fund and produced the Health Care chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Prior to this, Mohit was an investment professional at Polaris Venture Partners, and held roles with Merrill Lynch’s Health Care Investment Banking Group and the World Health Organization.
Mohit is a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center and a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He serves on the board of directors for George Health Enterprises and on the curation team at TEDMED. He has been appointed to the FDASIA Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee and to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, advising HHS on Data Access and Use. Mohit holds an MBA from Stanford and an MD with distinction from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.
Rich Roth leads Dignity Health’s innovation efforts, which seek to create and test novel services, programs, partnerships, and/or technologies – from within and outside of healthcare – that challenge the status quo and have the potential to reduce the cost of care, improve quality, and/or increase access to services.
Working in concert with Dignity Health employees and physicians, Rich works to anticipate emerging trends and technologies with the goal of incubating, studying, and scaling efforts to improve care. Most recently, he led Dignity Health’s efforts in forming SharedClarity, a novel new start-up focused on creating transparency into medical device performance in an effort to improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of care.
Rich regularly advises venture capital organizations and co-manages Dignity Health’s Strategic Investment Fund. In 2012, he was recognized by CHAUSA as one of the most promising leaders under 40 in healthcare. He holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Public Health from West Chester University.
Patrick Steele is an innovative executive with 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising, and information technology (IT) functions. He recently retired as Executive Vice President and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of the Senior Executive Management Team. Delta Dental is an $8 billion enterprise and one of the largest dental benefit administrators in the nation. Prior to joining Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector.
As a former member of the executive management team for a $37 billion retailer, Patrick led numerous strategic projects, inclusive of both large and small mergers and acquisitions. He is focused on the power of organizations using technology as a differentiator in their marketplace and is always looking for solutions that fall outside of the usual lines of business he is involved in. To assist in this quest, Patrick sits on the Advisory Board for a Venture Capital firm and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in. He is also a Board member of Dignity Health, a large multi-state Healthcare delivery company based in San Francisco.
Patrick holds a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Mathematics, both from the University in Washington.
James M. Karis has had a 30+ year career in the pharmaceutical, healthcare services, technology and medical device industries. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur and a board member, he has held a variety of senior executive positions in public and private companies.
Currently, James is the Chief Executive Officer of MAPI Group, a global healthcare services company. Prior to joining MAPI, he was the Co-Chief Executive and Chief Executive Officer of CollabRx, a NASDAQ listed health information technology company from 2010 to 2012. From 2000 to 2009, he served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Entelos, Inc, a developer of computer models for clinical trials. Earlier he was the Chief Operating Officer and President of Parexel International Inc. He was also the Vice President of International Operations for Baxter International and the founder of KMR Group, Inc., a pharmaceutical R&D analytics firm.
Mr. Karis currently serves on the boards of MAPI Group, and public companies: DataTrak, Inc and CollabRx, Inc. James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Economics from Purdue University and a Master of Arts degree with a major in Applied Economics from American University.
Marianne Jackson has devoted her career to providing effective human capital strategies; aiding numerous companies in achieving their business objectives. She has 20 years of experience as the Chief Human Resource Officer in some of California’s best-known corporations. Her experience spans both healthcare and technology industries including Cisco Systems, Palm, Sandisk, Sun Microsystems and Blue Shield of California. She is well known for her practical approach to organizational effectiveness, executive/leadership development, workforce optimization, strategic planning and culture-shaping.
She is the president of a human capital company that assists organizations with improving competitiveness. Her approach effectively links the business strategy with a targeted people strategy to ensure the right capabilities and culture have been invested in such that it propels performance, increases engagement and strengthens the employer’s brand.
Marianne currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Health Trust of Silicon Valley and the advisory board for Saama Technologies. She previously held board positions with the Blue Shield Foundation, Catholic Charities and business advisory boards for Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.
Marianne earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She did her graduate work at the University of Santa Clara in Counseling Psychology.
Debra Engel is a director and advisor to a number of organizations in Silicon Valley. She currently serves on the boards of Institute for the Future, National Academy of Human Resources Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves. She is an advisory board member for Healthiest You, Saama Technologies and an HR advisor for Nimble Storage. She also serves on the planning and strategy committee board of Dignity Health and a member of Leadership Council of the Opportunity Fund. Debra is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
She previously held profit board positions with Aspect Communications, Memestreams, Beyondwork, Onsite Dental, UPMO and the Concoursgroup. Also in addition she held advisory board positions with Kadiri, Icarian, CRI, Advanced HR, GPT3, Guru, Brassring, Clickhome, the Jackson Hole Group and ITM Software. Her affiliations to nonprofit organizations include Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, the eBay Foundation, the Career Action Center, Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence, the Entrepreneur’s Foundation, the Skoll Fund, the Healthtrust, the Valley Medical Foundation, the American Leadership Forum, the SHRM Foundation, and the Santa Clara University Business School.
Debra served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for 3Com until August, 1998. Prior to joining 3Com in November of 1983, Debra served as Corporate Staffing Manager for Hewlett Packard and as HR manager for HP’s Avondale division. Debra earned her M.S. in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University.
M.R. Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group, one of the earliest “angel” investment firms, and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He produced the prestigious Enterprise and Software conferences that were held in Silicon Valley. He was also listed on the Forbes “Midas” list of investors. M.R. is the publisher of SandHill.com, a leading website for entrepreneurs, VCs and CIOs.
In 2007, M.R. embarked on a new venture as the founder of the Corporate Eco Forum, an invitation-only membership organization for Global 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to the environment as a business strategy issue.
In 2012, M.R. founded Indiaspora (a non-profit) to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.
Ronnie Lott is co-founder of HRJ capital, a private equity investment firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Zurich and Shanghai that manages approximately $1.8 billion in assets. He also is a member of Young President’s Organization, an exclusive network of the world’s most influential corporate presidents.
Ronnie began his investment experience as an early investor with Crosspoint Venture Partners and has extended it throughout the Sand Hill Road venture capital community. He has also built an extensive network of contacts within the financial services community at large, including the leveraged buyout and hedge fund sectors.
Ronnie is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He was a first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. He was elected to the NFL’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
Marc McMorris is a co-founder and managing director of Carrick Capital Partners where he is directly involved in the selection and growth guidance of successful companies in technology-enabled services including BPO, Transaction Processing, and Software as a Service (SaaS). He has extensive experience investing in minority deals, recaps, carve-outs, and performing public offerings and sell-side deals. He has worked with companies valued from $50 million to $3 billion and equity investments ranging from $30 million to $400 million.
Previously, Marc was a managing director for General Atlantic, a growth-oriented $15 billion global private equity firm. He was the lead or co-lead in approximately $900 million in investments in business services, financial services and software, which included the successful IPOs of numerous companies. During his tenure, Marc also led General Atlantic’s Palo Alto office. Prior to General Atlantic, Marc served as a vice president in the High-Tech Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Goldman Sachs, Inc. Before working for Goldman Sachs, he was an associate at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in the Telecom/Media Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Marc earned his MBA with a concentration in finance and accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Marc is a trustee for the university and is a member of the Investment Committee and the committees of Audit and Compliance; Budget and Finance; and Local, National and Global Engagement, which he chairs.
Dan Fairfax is the current CFO of Brocade. Fairfax was named chief financial officer of Brocade in June 2011, after serving as Brocade’s vice president of Worldwide Service and Support. He joined Brocade via the Company’s acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he also served as CFO.
Prior to joining Foundry Networks, Dan served as the CFO of a number of technology companies, including GoRemote Internet Communications, Ironside Technologies, Inc., ACTA Technology, and NeoVista Software. Prior to those appointments, he held a variety of senior financial management and operations positions at Siemens and Spectra-Physics.
Dan Fishback has led several highly successful software startups which specialized in applying analytics to solve complex business problems. As CEO of DemandTec, Dan introduced a ground-breaking analytical cloud solution for retail and consumer product companies, adopted by WalMart, Safeway, Target, Monoprix, Advanced Auto Parts and many other global Fortune 500 companies. DemandTec was acquired by IBM in 2012. Prior to leading DemandTec, Dan held sales and executive leadership positions at Ariba, Trading Dynamics, Hyperion Software, Arbor Software and Unisys. Dan also serves on the Board of Conversica, Moogsoft.com, Qumu (QUMU) and DemandHope, and has previously served on the boards of SPS Commerce (SPSC), CorVu Software (CRVU) and DemandTec (DMAN).
William Binch is highly respected as a champion of business intelligence applications and has successfully led sales teams at numerous blue-chip organizations in the IT industry. He is a professional independent director with extensive experience in Worldwide sales, enterprise applications and analytics. Besides Saama, he is on the Board of Directors at Callidus Cloud, where he serves as Lead Independent Director and MedeAnalytics. Earlier, he spent nine years in sales and sales management at IBM, four years as VP/General Manager at Itel, and three years as VP of Sales at Fortune. William was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Hyperion Inc., where he was responsible for over $430 million in global revenues. Before Hyperion, he was a senior executive for two companies, Business Objects and Prism, in the BI and data warehousing sector. Both went through successful IPOs during his tenure. He also spent five years at Oracle Corp. and received the most valuable employee award in 1992 while serving as Vice President of Strategic Accounts.
William received a B.S. at The University of Maryland. He also served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corp.
Ken Coleman is a long-term veteran of Silicon Valley. Ken is Chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc., an advanced data and analytics company delivering actionable business insights to the Fortune 2000 in life sciences and other verticals. He started his career at Hewlett-Packard Company in various senior management roles. He then moved on to VP of Product Development at Activision; EVP of Global Sales, Services and Marketing for Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI). He was also founder, chairman, and CEO of ITM Software, acquired by BMC Software. Ken has developed a well-respected and deserved reputation for mentoring people in various stages of their careers and has been a passionate champion for diversity.
In addition to his role at Saama, Ken serves on the board of directors of CSAA Insurance Group, Entertainment Partners, Prevedere, EIS Group and Complia Health. He is currently a Special Advisor to both Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Firm and Carrick Capital Partners Private Equity Firm. He is also an advisor at Pinterest as well as several other early stage technology companies. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He has helped jumpstart many careers and is also the recipient of countless leadership and diversity awards and honors.
Ken earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also served as a captain in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Tim Bussiek leads the overall Marketing activities for Saama, including market strategy, communications, demand generation, product marketing and customer success programs. He has over 20 years experience in enterprise software, heading up product, sales, development, support, marketing, and strategy functions. As such, Tim has been a key driver and visionary in Silicon Valley’s evolution of e-commerce, service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud management, real-time enterprise (RTE), as well as analytics technologies and their adoption in advanced enterprise settings.
Before joining Saama, Tim held executive positions as CTO and VP Products at a number of IT startups with a focus on go-to-market execution. Previously he served 8 years in leading roles within SAP’s Product Marketing, covering applications such as Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Duet, Analytics, Enterprise Search, Employee Self-Services, and the SOA xApps. In his most recent role at SAP, he was responsible for the Business Development of SAP Value Prototyping – Cloud Hosting & Logistics Services, driving on-demand local innovation based on pre-assembled solutions, enterprise-class hosting and moving of complete landscapes across public and private clouds, with a focus on SAP HANA and other analytical applications from SAP.
Tim has a Masters in Economics and earned his Ph.D. exploring the interdependence of IT and economic behavior at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Vasant Shetty leads the business transformation efforts and is responsible for aligning cross functional initiatives to achieve focused business results.
Vasant enjoys not only being a part of such a fast growing company, but also working with Saama employees known for their high energy, passion and dedication. Vasant has over 20 years of experience in operations, marketing, and supporting technology solutions in the Business Intelligence and data analytics space in India and North America. Vasant finds the new days of data analytics to be exciting, and believes that Saama’s 18 years of expertise will help the company to reach new heights.
Prior to Saama, Vasant held a leadership position at DataStraits, a data analytics services company, where he was responsible for establishing a global product development and data analytics team in India and increasing the DataStraits footprint globally. Prior to DataStraits, he was responsible for building the center of excellence for business Intelligence at Capgemini, a leading services firm.
Vasant attended Executive M.B.A. program from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Maharashtra University in Kolhapur, India.
As Saama Technologies‘ Chief Client Care Officer, Rajeev Dadia leads the Client Care organization and the Delivery organization, which includes Data Science, Business Strategy, Talent Management, Solutions Delivery and overall Global Delivery teams. As Chief Technology Officer, Rajeev Dadia drives the technology roadmap to enhance Saama’s technical edge and improve overall quality through leadership in delivery process and resource management. Previously at Saama, he led the development of strategies, methodologies, and partnerships that enhance Saama’s solution sets offered during each client engagement. Rajeev focuses on cloud, syndicated data sources, social data, advanced analytics and mobile technologies as it impacts the data and analytics needs of the organization. He has 24 years of successive experience in leadership roles at Saama and at Silicon Graphics (SGI) in Corporate Information Systems.
Rajeev has created BI and Analytic strategies for large organizations and managed large-scale deployments of data warehousing, analytics and applied data mining/predictive analytics systems in diverse business environments. He has also been involved in analysis, design and deployment of both B2C and B2B solutions in different vertical industries. In addition, he led the development of a Business Intelligence Center of Excellence operation to provide offshore development capabilities.
He earned an M.S. in Computer Science at California State University, Chico.
Simon Ho is responsible for many important aspects of Saama’s business, including supporting the corporate agenda, practice areas and their sales strategies, leading the financial planning and analysis function, managing liquidity, fundraising efforts, and developing scalable financial strategies. He also oversees finance operations, managing relationships with auditors, tax consultants, attorneys and bankers, and heads up investor relations, risk management and corporate development.
Simon brings a wealth of background and executive experience to the global finance function at Saama, with two decades of related financial and leadership experience with technology companies in Silicon Valley. Most recently Simon was CFO at CellMax Life (bio pharma start up), and previously held executive positions at Digital Chocolate (a gaming company funded by Sequoia Capital & Kleiner Perkins), OpenWave (mobile software), and Pinnacle Systems (video systems). Simon spent his early years at Intel and then at Sun Microsystems where he built the foundation for his career. He then moved on to McAfee to build the finance operations from the ground up.
Simon holds an M.B.A. from University of Michigan in Finance and graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Sagar Anisingaraju creates strategic initiatives that lead Saama into emerging business areas with competitive differentiation. He enjoys his time spent with customers to understand their business problems specifically related to Big Data and to help them create data-products to solve them. Sagar is also instrumental in creating an internal culture of innovation and thought-leadership that embraces the need to rapidly change in the midst of the ever-expanding digital universe that we live in. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Year – 2013 award winner presented by Innovation Enterprise.
Sagar brings to Saama both depth and breadth of experience in the software services industry—his career spans PS, engineering, IT, marketing and sales. His recent work includes product innovation and vertical applications for the CIO office to manage the business value of IT and social GRC solutions for risk & compliance officers.
Sagar came to Saama through the acquisition of InfoSTEP, where he served as CEO for 11 years. Earlier, he was instrumental in helping MIC Electronics Ltd., the parent company of InfoSTEP, launch a successful IPO in India in 2007. Prior to that he worked at CMC Ltd. as International Manager.
Sagar has an M.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and a B.S. in Engineering from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India. He is a featured industry speaker and frequent industry association contributor. He has served on the boards of ISACA SV Chapter as Vice President and as Director.
Chris LaBruna is responsible for leading all aspects of Saama’s Global Sales function. He has been leading high performance field organizations for over 20 years. Chris is a strategic thinker who delivers consistent growth under all marketplace conditions. His customer-focused approach drives high customer satisfaction, along with predictable growth.
Before joining Saama, Chris was at Oracle for seven years, where he led the Enterprise Performance Management field organization in the Western U.S. to consistent and predictable year over year growth. Prior to that, Chris joined Hyperion Solutions in 2003, where he was responsible for the Western U.S. and Latin America. During his tenure, both geographies experienced impressive growth, which contributed to the 3.2B valuation at the time Hyperion was acquired by Oracle in 2007. Previous to Hyperion, Chris held leadership positions at Business Objects and IBM.
Chris holds a BA from New York University and an MS from Columbia University.
Suresh founded Saama Technologies, Inc. with a vision to turn raw data into actionable insights that enable enterprise leaders to make timely and reliable decisions for critical business discovery. As the CEO of Saama, Suresh is responsible for the strategy, vision and the execution of the company’s long-term plan. Suresh applied his lifelong love of mathematics to solve complex data analysis well before the term “big data” became ubiquitous. Today, Saama is made up of intelligent, helpful people with a passion for math, data, and analytics.
Since the company’s launch, Suresh and his team have built an extensive history of providing data scientist led solutions and services in the big data and business analytics market for top enterprise companies, and public sector agencies.
Suresh has successfully launched two start ups, including co-founding GVI, which developed groupware applications and was sold to Netscape in 1995. His work has earned industry-wide recognition and he can frequently be seen at IT conferences as a discussion panel member and featured speaker.
Suresh earned his M.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Southwest Louisiana, and his B.S. in Electronics Engineering at the University of Bangalore in India.