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Meet The Team

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

Upen Varanasi, Co-Founder & CEO

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

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

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

Raul Rom, EVP, Customer Relations

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

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.

Ninad Raikar, VP, Professional Services

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

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

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

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.

Shyam Potta , VP, Product Management

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, Marketing

Shamanth Shankar

VP, Marketing

Shamanth supports the executive team in streamlining operations across the organization, working closely with sales, marketing, delivery, cloud, finance and recruiting. Previously at Riversand Shamanth led Marketing, supported Analyst Relations and managed the delivery of Riversand MDM/PIM at... More → retail and distributor accounts. Prior to Riversand Shamanth led Houston Operations of Seven Lakes Technologies where he consulted with IT & Business Leaders and developed Data Analytics products. He was also a Digital Transformation Leader in Manufacturing, Distribution and Customer Service Operations at Schlumberger and Forum Energy Technologies. Shamanth holds an MBA from Rice, MS from Texas A&M and B.Tech from IIT Madras. ← Less

Ben Rund, General Manager DACH & VP Business Development Europe

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

Mark Berglund, VP of Sales in S&M

Mark Berglund

VP of Sales in S&M

As Vice President of Sales, Mark leads mid-market sales and global sales operations. He brings over 20 years of experience to Riversand building high-performing sales teams. Prior to joining Riversand, he was Senior Vice President of Sales at Idera Software and held various sales leadership... More → positions at Quest Software. ← Less

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