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Meet The Team

Our leaders bring industry knowledge, domain expertise and customer-first thinking.

Upen Varanasi, Co-Founder & CEO
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Upen Varanasi

Co-Founder & CEO

Upen is an innovative leader setting the overall strategy and vision for Riversand. Upen brings extensive experience in the areas of PIM, PLM and Content Management. A University of Missouri and IIT Alumni, Upen holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Anil Kini, Co-Founder & CTO
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Anil Kini

Co-Founder & CTO

Anil a ~25 year IT industry veteran handles Technology, Cloud Operations and Customer Support functions at Riversand. A key data management expert Anil has a Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University and has published several articles in the field.

James L. Dunn Jr. , CFO and In-House Counsel
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James L. Dunn Jr.

CFO and In-House Counsel

Jim has over 25 years of combined accounting and legal experience as a public company executive. He has held management positions in a variety of industries including software, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare. Jim began his public company tenure as a co-founder and as General Counsel then... More → CFO of iLinc Communications, an industry-leading web conferencing software provider. Prior to Riversand, Jim managed the successful IPO and follow-on offering of Applied Optoelectronics (Nasdaq: AAOI), a vertically-integrated fiber optics provider. ← Less

Charlie Lawhorn, Chief Customer Officer
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Charlie Lawhorn

Chief Customer Officer

Charlie is a seasoned technology and digital transformation expert, public speaker and thought leader. He has spent the majority of his career shaping and managing the execution of complex transformation programs that help organizations understand the combination of process design and digital... More → technologies to drive their relevance in an increasingly digital marketplace. And he believes that data is the new "oil" in our fast-paced digital world.

Charlie lead Riversand's global revenue generation and customer success efforts. Riversand's goal is to remove the complexity and "BS" from our customer's digital transformation initiatives by providing the fundamental core data platform to enable their digital agenda. We focus on business outcomes and results, then help apply the best processes and technology to drive business value.

Charlie frequently speaks at industry events and client conferences, and enjoys contributing to the dialogue on all things digital, innovation and disruption. He has led strategy, sales, marketing, communications, customer success, analyst relations, advisory boards, alliances, delivery and strategic account organizations throughout his digital and technology focused career.
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Raul Rom, EVP, Customer Relations
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Raul Rom

EVP, Customer Relations

Raul a 40 year industry veteran is passionate about “Customer Satisfaction”. He currently handles customer relations and in the past has worked for and with several Fortune 100 companies, like IBM. Raul holds a Major in MIS from Haifa, Israel and is also one of the inventors for two US and... More → International Patents. ← Less

Raman Parthasarathy, VP, Strategy – Products & Business Development
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Raman Parthasarathy

VP, Strategy – Products & Business Development

Raman a graduate from Harvard Business School and 20+ years of IT experience handles Business Strategy, Development and Marketing. A seasoned "Strategy-to-Operations" executive, Raman was involved earlier in building a new MDM group at Tata Consultancy Services from scratch to ~75 Million USD.

Omer Farooque, VP, Platforms and Products
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Omer Farooque

VP, Platforms and Products

Omer drives product strategy and innovation at Riversand. A thought leader and visionary in the field of MDM, Omer brings over 16 years of rich experience from Infosys where he advised several large organizations on MDM and Information Management. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from... More → Anna University, Chennai, India. ← Less

Ninad Raikar, VP, Professional Services
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Ninad Raikar

VP, Professional Services

Ninad, with his 10+ years of MDM experience is focused on driving delivery excellence and industry solutions. In the past Ninad worked at Accenture and TCS in strategy and consulting. Ninad has degrees in electronics engineering from India and MBA from Rice University.

Muku Ramani, GM, India Operations
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Muku Ramani

GM, India Operations

With over 16+ years of data and content management experience, Muku was responsible for setting up India operation for Riversand. Muku has led several strategic and complex MDM implementations globally. Muku has a Masters in Chemical Engg. from University of Cincinnati and a dual Bachelor degrees... More → from BITS, Pilani, India. ← Less

Rob MacEwan, VP, Oil & Gas Division
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Rob MacEwan

VP, Oil & Gas Division

Rob MacEwan is the Vice President for Oil & Gas Division at Riversand Technologies. In his current role, Rob is responsible for leading the Content Services Organization. Rob has over 20 years experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. His specialty is working with the buyer and supplier communities to... More → develop and maintain spare parts information, e-catalogs and content standards. Prior to joining Riversand Rob was Senior Manager, Content Integration for the Trade Ranger marketplace where he participated in developing catalog strategies for their buying organization members. Rob also spent 16 years with Chevron maintaining various positions within Operations and their Global Procurement Organization. ← Less

Vishy Vallamkonda, VP, Engineering
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Vishy Vallamkonda

VP, Engineering

With 20+ years of experience, Vishy drives the Product Development Engineering. He is a Seasoned Engineering Leader. Prior to this he was a Director of Engineering at Novell and Blue Coat Systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Applications.

Mark Thorpe, VP, Northern Europe
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Mark Thorpe

VP, Northern Europe

Mark is responsible for driving Riversand’s business development activities in Europe. Having 16 years broad experience in the MDM and PIM sectors, Mark has worked to provide effective data management and analytics solutions in a wide variety of use cases and verticals. Based in London, Mark... More → works with clients and partners throughout Europe to further expand Riversand’s presence, and to help enterprises realise the business benefits of data management through Riversand’s visionary MDM and PIM solutions.
Mark graduated in Business & Finance at UAL London. When not evangelising about MDM, he likes to spend his time sailing or cycling.
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Mie Kim, Global HR Director
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Mie Kim

Global HR Director

Mie Kim is Global HR Director for Riversand. She has the responsibility for Riversand’s human resources strategy and operations worldwide. As Global HR Director, Mie is chartered with accelerating Riversand’s operations internationally, attracting and developing the best talent, building a... More → culture of engagement, compliance and employee relations. Mie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of St Thomas with a major in Finance and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. ← Less

Shyam Potta , VP, Product Management
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Shyam Potta

VP, Product Management

Shyam contributes towards the Product Vision and Lifecycle, oversees execution and measurement of product initiatives while collaborating with his peers in Product Strategy, Product Engineering and Customer Success. Shyam has been with Riversand since 2001. Shyam holds a Bachelor's degree in... More → Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. ← Less

Shamanth Shankar, VP, Cloud Solutions
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Shamanth Shankar

VP, Cloud Solutions

Shamanth leads the multitenant offerings division. Shamanth has been leading Marketing for Riversand since 2016. Prior to Riversand, Shamanth was at a Data Analytics startup, an Oil and Gas manufacturer and at an Oilfield Services Company. Shamanth holds degrees from Rice, Texas A&M University and... More → IIT Madras. ← Less

Katie Fabiszak, Global VP, Marketing
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Katie Fabiszak

Global VP, Marketing

Katie oversees and directs global marketing efforts at Riversand. She is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of success in global marketing for high tech companies. She is responsible for leading the strategic evolution of the company’s branding and marketing strategy. With proven... More → success developing effective marketing strategies to drive revenue, Katie’s extensive career includes marketing leadership positions at Informatica, StrikeIron and DataFlux (a SAS company). ← Less

Ben Rund, General Manager DACH & VP Business Development Europe
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Ben Rund

General Manager DACH & VP Business Development Europe

Ben spent frequent times in Silicon Valley collaborating with the entourage of companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce on partnerships and joint solutions. Working with many more of the global fortune companies on their digital customer experience. His passion for the return of... More → information and enterprise information management has shown through projects like the ROI of MDM/PIM research and through recognition as a top omnichannel influencer. ← Less

Jerry Calvanese, Global VP, Solution Engineering
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Jerry Calvanese

Global VP, Solution Engineering

Jerry leads the Solution Engineering team at Riversand. He is a business and technology veteran with experience as an end consumer, advisor to Global Fortune 1000 organizations and a provider of technology solutions for over 20 years. Having guided organizations through digital transformations,... More → establishing governance and change management programs, he and his team are responsible for engaging with customers to determine the best solution to address organizational objectives. Jerry holds a Master’s in Business Administration as well as numerous technical certifications. ← Less

Al Bissmeyer , VP, North America
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Al Bissmeyer

VP, North America

Prior to this role, he has held leadership positions at Microsoft, Commerce One, Emerson, IBM, Profisee and Magnitude. He has a strong track record of delivering MDM solutions to customers that exceed expectations and has been working in the software industry for just shy of 30 years. Al received a... More → Honors Degree, BA from the University of Connecticut and a MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville where he received the Landrum Award. ← Less

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