Our Leadership

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 the recipient of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for Greater Philadelphia and is an investor in technology startups and an advisor to entrepreneurs. Jagath is also currently a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Eastern PA Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He holds a B.A. 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 B.S. 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 M.S. in e-business from the University of Economic Studies and a B.S. 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 wife.

Adrian Vasile
Adrian Vasile Principal Architect
Adrian Vasile Principal Architect

As Principal Architect, Adi provides guidance on the architecture and design of the company’s software and provides 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

Mike Davies
Mike Davies Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Mike Davies Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Mike Davies has over 20 years of experience combining R&D, technology and sales. He is an accomplished global sales leader with in-depth experience in technology solutions in Life Sciences. Over his career, Mike has successfully scaled international sales teams, cultivated strategic alliances, and significantly grown customer bases and revenue streams. Prior to joining Suvoda, Davies held executive global sales positions at various clinical and supply chain software companies such as Phase Forward, Oracle, Entelos, TraceLink, and most recently at Veeva. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from Sunderland University and a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Bradford in the UK. Mike is a soccer enthusiast who enjoys spending his free time watching games, coaching youth teams, and even playing occasionally.

Mela Drakatos
Mela Drakatos Chief Talent Officer
Mela Drakatos Chief Talent Officer

Mela leads people strategy and operations at Suvoda. She 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.

Elena Filimonova
Elena Filimonova Chief Marketing Officer
Elena Filimonova Chief Marketing Officer

Elena Filimonova leads Suvoda’s global marketing organization. She is responsible for all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing go-to-market strategy and achieving marketing targets. This includes market research and planning, integrated marketing campaigns, lead generation, sales enablement, corporate brand positioning and strategy, and directing the global marketing team.


Elena joins Suvoda with an extensive background in strategic marketing, brand management and analytics
working for global technology firms, both established and start-ups. Most recently she was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Strategy for CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing solutions. She joined CGS from Elsevier where she drove the adoption of innovative digital products in Engineering and Technology for the world’s largest Scientific and Technical publisher. Her prior roles include Head of Global Marketing for Knovel, a provider of a cloud-based engineering application, running Strategic and Product Marketing for Financial Services at FAST, a subsidiary of Microsoft focusing on enterprise search and business intelligence solutions, leading Strategic Marketing at BT for Global Financial Services and several key roles at Radianz, a Reuters-owned company. Elena holds an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta business school and a B.A. from Moscow University of Linguistics.

 

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 B.S. 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.

Yuko Fukasaku
Yuko Fukasaku President, Suvoda Japan
Yuko Fukasaku President, Suvoda Japan

Yuko has overall responsibility for leading and expanding Suvoda’s Asia-Pacific operations. Prior to joining Suvoda, Yuko served as Head of Information Technology Consumer Healthcare Japan at Sanofi and Head of Commercial IT at Novartis, where she led global organizational transformation initiatives and the implementation of operational standards and processes. She has also held positions at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and SAP, responsible for leading teams in Japan and China. Yuko studied Software Engineering in the UK and holds an MBA from London School of Economics and Political Science, NYU Stern School of Business, and HEC Paris. She enjoys yoga, travelling, interior design, and holds a qualification in Kimono dressing.

E.K. Koh
E.K. Koh Chief Product Officer
E.K. Koh Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, E.K. is responsible for Suvoda’s overall product strategy and roadmap, as well as global product engineering and delivery. E.K. is an experienced product executive with a track record of scaling product organizations. He has an extensive background in product management and development ranging from startups to public companies across several heavily regulated industries. Before joining Suvoda, E.K. was Senior Vice President of Product Management at Experian Identity and Fraud, where he developed and launched the company’s first cloud-based identity and fraud orchestration platform. Previously at LiveRamp, E.K. served as chief product officer where he built market-leading identity resolution and data platform, which culminated in a successful IPO. Prior to LiveRamp, E.K. served as executive vice president of Optymyze where he established the Optymyze product suite as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. E.K. holds both a B.S. and M.S. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Computer Science. He splits time working out of his home offices in Silicon Valley and Arizona. E.K. enjoys gardening, taking hikes on Arizona trails, and taking his boat out on the weekends.

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 B.S. in Biology from Penn State and an M.S. 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.

Andrew McVeigh
Andrew McVeigh Chief Architect
Andrew McVeigh Chief Architect

Andrew McVeigh is the Chief Architect responsible for the architecture and design of Suvoda’s software products. Andrew joins Suvoda from Amazon where he served as the worldwide technical lead for the catalog and offer systems at Amazon Prime Video. He has extensive experience in software architecture having been Chief Architect at Internet Scale companies such as LiveRamp and Hulu, and having led architecture designs for Riot Games, UBS AG, and the Amex Blue card platform. His self-divulged “sweet spot" is designing elegant architectures that enable systems to scale for both users and developers, regardless of the domain.  Andrew has a PhD in software engineering from the Imperial College in London, where he wrote his thesis on software extensibility, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in electronics engineering from the University of Western Australia. Andrew is originally from Australia, and now lives in Malibu, California with his wife Violeta, and their daughters.

Dave Murray
Dave Murray Chief Financial Officer
Dave Murray Chief Financial Officer

With over 25 years of financial experience in software technology, Dave has successfully lead finance teams in high growth entrepreneurial environments, capital raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, and scaling mid-market multinational businesses. Prior to Suvoda, Dave held CFO roles for two private equity backed technology companies both culminating with successful investor exits (LiquidHub Inc. and Longview Solutions Inc.). Dave also acted as CFO and International Controller for Shared Medical Systems based in Madrid, Spain. He started his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Finance from Drexel University. Dave has two daughters and lives in West Chester, PA where he is a Jeep enthusiast, fanatical about Philly professional sports teams, and an even bigger fan of his daughters’ various endeavors.

Jim Murray
Jim Murray Vice President, North American Sales
Jim Murray Vice President, North American Sales

Jim has overall responsibility for the company's sales in North America. Jim joined Suvoda in 2016 from Veeva, where he was Director of Enterprise Sales, leading the team responsible for selling enterprise content management software to clinical, quality, and regulatory groups within Top 30 Pharma companies. Prior to Veeva, Jim held positions of increasing responsibility at leading e-clinical software companies such as Oracle, Phase Forward, and Intralinks. Jim holds an MBA from Penn State University and a BA in Economics from Dickinson College. He lives in Wayne, PA with his wife, Linda, and four children, where he enjoys playing golf and planning vacations with his family.

John Ristuccia
John Ristuccia Senior Vice President, Global Client Services
John Ristuccia Senior Vice President, Global Client Services

As Senior Vice President, Global Client Services at Suvoda, John provides comprehensive oversight, strategic direction and operational guidance for global services delivery, technical, and support teams. John has many years of technology-focused professional services experience, particularly in working with large, complex, global organizations. Prior to joining Suvoda, John led services teams that consulted with Fortune 2000 companies to structure, negotiate, and deliver solutions bringing top- and bottom-line outcomes that drove sales effectiveness and improved sales operations.

Kelly Snow
Kelly Snow Chief of Staff
Kelly Snow Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff at Suvoda, Kelly is responsible for driving strategic growth initiatives across the organization. Prior to this, Kelly spent 4 years as VP of Product Management and Marketing at Suvoda, where she led the strategic direction of the product suite and external communications. She has spent her career in professional services and product development teams, working with Top 10 Pharma companies in e-clinical focused organizations including Phase Forward and Oracle, as well as B2C technology companies. 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. 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. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and traveling with her family.

Stephanie Walters
Stephanie Walters General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
Stephanie Walters General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
Stephanie oversees all legal and privacy matters for Suvoda.  She has more than 15 years of experience in law, business and government. Prior to joining Suvoda, Stephanie served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Unilife Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of wearable injectors for large molecule biologics, and before that as Associate General Counsel for Unilife. Stephanie previously served as Assistant General Counsel at Aramark Corporation, a food and facilities services provider and earlier as an associate in the Corporate and Securities department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Before law school Stephanie worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Stephanie holds a J.D. from Temple University and an A.B. from Harvard College, where she co-captained the squash team for two years and her team won the national championship three out of four years. She lives in Wyndmoor, PA with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing squash, traveling and spending time with her family.
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 B.A. 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.

Howard Ross
Howard Ross Board Member

Howard Ross co-founded LLR Partners in 1999. With more than $3.5 billion raised across five funds, LLR is a flexible provider of capital for growth, recapitalizations and buyouts to middle market businesses. Prior to forming LLR, Howard was the partner in–charge of Arthur Andersen’s Growth Company Practice in the Greater Philadelphia market. In his 26 years at Arthur Andersen, he built a practice of over 80 people, including five partners, serving over 175 rapidly growing companies. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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