About Us

Suvoda Leadership Team


Founders

Jagath Wanninayake
Jagath Wanninayake President & CEO
Jagath Wanninayake President & CEO

Jagath is an entrepreneur and experienced executive with a background in founding and leading innovative software companies. He was co-founder, chairman & CEO of Clarix LLC, where he led the team that developed the first fully web-integrated randomization and trial supply management system with the industry’s shortest deployment timeline. In 6 years, until its acquisition by Phase Forward (now Oracle), Jagath led Clarix from a three-person startup to a 100-person multi-national company serving 3 of the top 5 and 11 of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Subsequently, he was a corporate officer and a member of the operating committee at Phase Forward. Jagath was also a co-founder of Jamity Records, an independent record label which produced several albums, and a co-founder of Mixette, a digital gifting startup. He is an investor in technology startups and an advisor to entrepreneurs and early- and growth-stage companies. Jagath holds a BA in economics with a concentration in public policy from Swarthmore College.

Robert Hummel
Robert Hummel Chief Operating Officer
Robert Hummel Chief Operating Officer

Rob has overall responsibility for the company's operations worldwide. Rob joined Suvoda as Vice President of Client Services from NextDocs Corporation where he was Director of Services, leading a cross-functional team of consultants responsible for the implementation of NextDocs quality, regulatory, and clinical content management solutions for customers in the life-sciences industry. At NexDocs, he helped scale the company by growing the services team from 15 to 50 employees in three years. Rob joined NextDocs from Clarix/Phase Forward where he was a manager of IRT services leading cross-functional teams that implemented over 100 IRT systems for clients ranging from small biotechnology firms to large global pharmaceutical companies and CROs. Rob holds a BS in biology from Lafayette College. He lives in Conshohocken, PA where he enjoys playing golf, and cooking with his wife using fresh ingredients from their garden.

Marius Manole
Marius Manole Executive Vice President, Suvoda Europe
Marius Manole Executive Vice President, Suvoda Europe

As Executive Vice President, Marius is responsible for the operation of Suvoda's Bucharest and Barcelona offices. Prior to his current role, Marius led the engineering team that released the first version of the Suvoda IRT system and managed the production hosting and corporate IT operations. He started his career at Clarix where he managed the global IRT development staff and grew the development team from two to 50+ employees distributed across multiple time-zones and continents. He holds an MS in e-business from the University of Economic Studies and a BS in computer science from the University of Automation & Computer Science in Bucharest, Romania. He is a scuba diving enthusiast and explorer, and enjoys tennis, reading, and virtual gaming.

Marc Lisi
Marc Lisi Director, Business Development
Marc Lisi Director, Business Development

Marc has spent his entire career in the eClinical technologies space, with most of that time focused in the area of IRT. Having spent years on the client services side, Marc has worked with 7 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and 6 of the top 7 CROs to design, implement, and maintain IRT solutions across a variety of therapeutic areas. As a Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Suvoda, Marc uses his IRT subject matter expertise to provide creative solutions to customers’ problems, all while growing Suvoda’s business globally. Marc enjoys creating long-lasting relationships with customers and colleagues and loves brokering introductions within his network. Having graduated from Lafayette College with a degree in biochemistry and minor in music, Marc enjoys cooking and traveling with his fiancé.

Adrian Vasile
Adrian Vasile Chief Software Architect
Adrian Vasile Chief Software Architect

As Chief Software Architect, Adi oversees the architecture and design of the company’s software products and provides guidance and mentorship to the implementation services team. Adi has designed and developed software in the e-clinical space for over a decade, at companies including Clarix, Phase Forward, and Oracle, with a particular focus on randomization and trial supply management applications. His experience ranges from implementing complex trial designs to building new frameworks, integrating with other industry software, and developing design-time tools and testing automation solutions. He is a hands-on architect, passionate about coding and solving technical challenges. Adi has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and computer science from Politechnica University of Bucharest. Adi lives in Denver, Colorado, where he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and two kids.


Leadership Team

Mela Drakatos
Mela Drakatos Sr. Director, Talent & Culture
Mela Drakatos Sr. Director, Talent & Culture

As Sr. Director of Talent, Culture & Employee Care, Mela leads people strategy and operations at Suvoda. Mela has over a decade of experience applying the science of human behavior to organizational strategy and design across various Fortune 500 companies, government, and philanthropic organizations. Prior to Suvoda, she led the consulting team at Context Partners, a company providing strategy consulting services in the area of organizational development and innovation, where her clients included Nike, Eli Lilly, UBS, IKEA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft. She has a passion for building engaging workplaces that encourage employees to realize their potential and do their best work together. Mela holds a degree in Biological Foundations of Behavior with a specialization in Neuroscience from Franklin and Marshall College. In her free time, you can find her connecting with friends and family, creating art, and learning as much as possible about whatever topic has recently piqued her interest.

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford Vice President, Operations
Ryan Ford Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations at Suvoda, Ryan leads the software testing teams in global client services and product development, as well heading an operations team responsible for driving efficiency and process improvements. Ryan has over a decade of experience in the life sciences industry, at companies including Clarix, Phase Forward, Oracle, and Endpoint Clinical, including leadership roles in software testing, technical delivery, and product management, with a strong focus on quality and risk management. Ryan has a passion for innovation and exploring how his teams can use new technology to improve overall quality and efficiency. Ryan holds a BS in Computer Science from Widener University. He lives in Newark, DE with his wife, where he is an avid golfer, animal lover, and a lifelong fan of Philadelphia sports.

Scot LeVan
Scot LeVan Vice President, Global Information Technology & Privacy Officer
Scot LeVan Vice President, Global Information Technology & Privacy Officer

As Vice President of Global Information Technology at Suvoda, Scot leads the team responsible for the internal IT functions, cloud services architecture and operations, as well as data security and data privacy.  Scot has more than 17 years of management experience in information technology, most recently at Bentley Systems, where he oversaw the creation of the company’s managed services offering. Prior to Bentley, Scot was the Director of Global Engineering at SunGard where he led engineering, operations, help desks, and security. Scot is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He lives in Spring City, PA where he enjoys golfing, cooking, and spending time at the beach with his wife, children, and three dogs.

Elizabeth McLellan
Elizabeth McLellan Vice President, Compliance & Quality
Elizabeth McLellan Vice President, Compliance & Quality

Liz is an IT compliance professional with over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Suvoda as Director of Compliance & Quality, she spent 12 years as a Senior Manager in IT compliance at AstraZeneca where she led teams specializing in computer validation, agile software development, quality audit and process improvement. As the Vice President of Compliance and Quality, She owns Suvoda’s Quality Management System and ensures that Suvoda’s processes are compliant with applicable regulations. She is passionate about process improvement and working with new methodologies that shift the regulatory compliance landscape towards improved product development. She is a Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), ISO 9001 Certified Lead Auditor, and she holds certifications in ITIL and CMMI. She holds a BS in Biology from Penn State and an MS in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from the Temple University School of Pharmacy.  Liz enjoys visiting family on the Gulf coast of Florida and relaxing at home in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with her two teenage boys and her two dogs, Woody and Wally.

 
 
 
Timothy Skerpon
Timothy Skerpon Vice President, Global Client Services
Timothy Skerpon Vice President, Global Client Services

Tim Skerpon has more than a decade of management experience across multiple sectors in the life sciences industry, including capital and software project management, commercial packaging engineering, and leadership roles in software delivery and support.  As Vice President of Global Client Services at Suvoda, Tim leads the end-to-end client-services function including software development, testing, implementation services, and technical support. Tim joined Suvoda from Genentech, where he led a team of engineers responsible for ensuring greater than Six Sigma quality while optimizing profitability in commercial packaging. Prior to Genentech, Tim managed the global customer care organization for IRT services at Clarix/Phase Forward. Tim started his career at Merck, where he managed large scale capital projects in vaccine manufacturing. He is also an avid rock & roll drummer and guitarist having recorded and performed with several bands. Tim is a graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys playing golf, cooking, and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife and their dog, Benny.

 
 
 
 
Kelly Snow
Kelly Snow Vice President, Product Management & Marketing
Kelly Snow Vice President, Product Management & Marketing

Kelly Snow has spent her career in professional services and product development teams in working with Top 10 Pharma companies in e-clinical focused organizations including Phase Forward and Oracle as well as B2C technology companies. As Vice President of Product Management & Marketing at Suvoda, she’s responsible for the strategic direction of the Suvoda product suite. Prior to joining Suvoda, Kelly was a founder and CEO of Mixette, a B2C digital gifting company, and worked at ScrollMotion, where she was a strategic product management lead for Fortune 500 companies including General Electric and Estée Lauder. She led a team that created over 50 enterprise mobile apps, including the GSI app for GE Healthcare, which was showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. She has a passion for building great teams to create innovative, user-friendly products. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Bioethics focusing on Neuroscience and Philosophy, a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine, and a minor in Italian Literature and Language from the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys spending time with her family, new experiences, and being outdoors.

Robert Wiener
Robert Wiener Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Robert Wiener Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Bob has worldwide responsibility for all accounting and financial operations at Suvoda. He brings more than 20 years of financial experience, most recently as Director of Finance and Administration at Arcplan US, a global Business Intelligence/Business Analytics software company based in Langenfeld, Germany. Prior to Arcplan, Bob was the Controller of several startup ventures in the Philadelphia area where he led companies through startup, growth through acquisition, and successful exits. He started his career at IBM where he held accounting and finance positions across several divisions including product, sales, and research. Bob holds a BA in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and an MBA in Finance from Syracuse University. He lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania where his hobbies include running, genealogy, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three sons.

 

Board Members

Klaus Besier
Klaus Besier Board Member

Klaus Besier has over 35 years of experience leading organizations in the enterprise software space. Most recently as Chairman and CEO of RES Software, he helped diversify the global footprint and significantly grow revenues. Earlier in his career, Mr. Besier was President and CEO of SAP America, where he built and led the company's strategic direction to increase revenues from $50 million to $1 billion in less than five years. Subsequently, Mr. Besier also served as President and CEO of Firepond, which he took public in one of the most successful IPOs of 2000, as well as held the role of President and CEO of Neoware, where he drove topline growth that led to a $300 million acquisition by HP.

Anuj Goswami
Anuj Goswami Board Member
Anuj Goswami is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in the Business & Finance Department and a member of the Transactional Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity and Life Sciences/Technology Groups. His practice focuses on structuring, documenting and negotiating a wide variety of financing transactions, including secured and unsecured revolving-credit facilities, term loans, asset-based loans, acquisition financing, second lien and mezzanine loans. Mr. Goswami acts as counsel to both financial institutions and borrowers, including buyout funds, in connection with senior and subordinated debt facilities used to finance leveraged buyouts and acquisitions.
 
Frederick Kyle
Frederick Kyle Board Member

Frederick Kyle has spent his entire career in leadership positions in healthcare and life sciences. Mr. Kyle retired as President, Commercial Operations and a member of the Board of Directors of SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. Subsequently, he took the position of Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross where he was responsible for the organization's blood and organ donor programs. Mr. Kyle has been a board-member of numerous organizations ranging from publicly traded biopharmaceutical companies to not-for-profit organizations. He began his career in healthcare with Richardson-Vicks where he held management positions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Robert Hummel
Robert Hummel Board Member
Marius Manole
Marius Manole Board Member
Jagath Wanninayake
Jagath Wanninayake Chairman of the Board