Management Team

Upen Varanasi - Co-founder & CEO

As Co-Founder and CEO, Upen Varanasi is responsible for setting the overall strategy and vision for Riversand. Being one of the founders of the company and an early innovator in the area, Mr. Varanasi brings extensive experience in the areas of PIM, PLM and Content Management.

Prior to Riversand, he worked with enterprise software companies such as Trilogy Software and EDS-PLM across industry verticals such as Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing and Oil & Gas.

Mr. Varanasi holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Chennai and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

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Anil Kini - Co-founder & CTO

Anil is responsible for the implementation of Riversand's technology solutions at client organizations and manages the professional services organization.

His expertise is in the area of data management and application of technology to facilitate intelligent data analysis and use. During the course of his career, he has worked with several Fortune 100 companies where he has focused on the development and maintenance of several large-scale data management and inventory and pricing management systems. He has also taught several courses in the application of technology to solve business problems.

Anil holds a Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University and has published several articles in the field. The focus of his research has been to investigate the application of information technology to alleviate business problems, with an emphasis on innovation adoption, game theory and human-machine interaction. He also earned a Master' degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from India.

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Rusty DiNicola - Senior VP, Global Operations

Rusty DiNicola joins Riversand as Senior VP, Global Operations. He brings over 20 years of experience in building organizations and delivering a variety of solutions to clients in multiple industries. Over the last 12 years as a Vice President at Quorum Business Solutions, he served in a number of roles including building and leading the Shared Services, Business Intelligence, and Upstream Delivery Practices. Prior to Quorum he was at PWC and EDS. At Riversand, he will help the executive team to further develop and carry out the company's 2013 business objectives, which include continued increased revenue, the formation of new partnerships, the acquisition of new clients in diverse markets and the delivery of products and support services.

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Dale Erker - Global Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Dale Erker joins Riversand as Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing with a seasoned track record as VP of Strategic Industries for SAP as well as Group Vice President for Manugistics. Prior to this Erker had a long career with IBM. He will oversee Riversand’s global sales and business development as the company continues to penetrate new markets worldwide.

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Raul Rom - Vice President, Customer Relations

Raul is responsible for overall account management and customer satisfaction at Riversand. He has a background and expertise are in the areas of Supplier On-Boarding and Content Management, as well as in the Management of Information Systems and Global eBusiness' markets. During the course of his career, he has worked for and with several Fortune 100 companies, like IBM, where he has focused on the design, development, management, and maintenance of several large-scale data management and process management systems.

He is also one of the inventors for two US and International Patents for: User Creation and Direction of a Rich-Content Life-Cycle and eCatalog Supplier Portal. Raul holds a Major in Management Information Systems from Technion College of Engineers at Haifa, Israel, and in parallel to his professional career in IBM, he was assigned several times as a diplomat to Israeli Embassies worldwide.

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Visweswara Babu Vallamkonda (Vishy), Vice President, Engineering

Vishy is responsible for driving development efforts at Riversand Technologies and leads the engineering and architecture team. Vishy has over 18+ years of experience in Software Engineering at Product Companies.

Prior to joining Riversand Technologies, he was a Director of Engineering in Identity Security Management at Novell Software and was Director for Central Management Products at Blue Coat Systems. Vishy has successfully led teams through ramping up global teams and cross-team collaboration.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Applications.

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Andrew Simpson - Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Simpson is responsible for alliances and channel partner programs,inbound/outbound marketing, product marketing and strategic positioning, the Valuestream ROI assessment program, analyst relations and Riversand's pre-sales support organization. He has over 18 years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development experience at innovative companies that provide significant value to clients.

Before joining Riversand, Mr. Simpson launched his own company, LeadPort, a performance-based business development company.Prior to LeadPort, Mr. Simpson was a Sales Director at Compete, Inc, an online market research company. In addition, Mr. Simpson was responsible for worldwide Sales at iXmatch, an advanced search technology company. Mr. Simpson was also successful in a variety of roles at Net Perceptions - a leader in personalization solutions - including Sales, Business Development and Product Manager while helping to take the company public. Earlier in his career, he worked in strategic Marketing and Sales roles at IBM, Parametric Technology Corporation and the Open Software Foundation(now the Open Group). Mr. Simpson has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University.

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William Tamaloust - Vice President, EMEA

William Tamaloust has over eighteen years experience in growing US technology companies in Europe. Recently Mr. Tamaloust developed digital and ecommerce expertise following his successful expansion of Demandware business in EMEA and China. During his career, Mr. Tamaloust has been the key mover generating the business that lead to two successful IPOs and three profitable sell offs after growing the technology and service companies. Mr. Tamaloust's most recent success was Demandware's IPO in March 2012 with an initial public offering of US$1 billion.

Using his expertise of the new digital economy, Mr. Tamaloust have been working for global apparels and retailers focusing on ecommerce economy. In addition Mr. Tamaloust advises Fortune 500 companies on their ecommerce strategies.

His knowledge and experience in technology and software industry has been mixed with his financial experience in the area of capital fund raising, mergers and acquisition. Mr. Tamaloust served as Chief Investment Strategist and member of the board of Wonderworld Finance.

Currently Mr. Tamaloust is Vice President of EMEA, at RIVERSAND. He is charged with the mission to expand Riversand's overall operation in EMEA. Mr. Tamaloust is focused on creating the ecosystems for Riversand's customers, services and technology partners while developing direct business for Riversand in Europe and Israel.

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