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Senior Management

Alex Moukas, Chief Executive Officer

Alex Moukas is one of our co-founders. He has been our chief executive officer and a director since our inception in 2000. He previously co-founded, and served from 1998 to 2000 as the chief scientist of Frictionless Commerce, Inc., a privately-held, strategic sourcing software provider in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was later acquired by SAP AG. Mr. Moukas holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Systems from the American College of Greece, an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris Kaskavelis, Chief Operating Officer

Chris Kaskavelis is one of our co-founders and has been our chief operating officer and a director since our inception in 2000. In 1996, he started a division of TCA Software, a privately-held enterprise software company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaskavelis serves as a director for several privately-held companies. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University. Dr. Kaskavelis also holds an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from Boston University.

Jeff Ross, Chief Financial Officer

Ross joins Velti from Sybase, where he has been Chief Financial Officer since 2007 and was before Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller, until a $6.8 billion acquisition by SAP. He was responsible for developing, communicating, and monitoring all financial aspects of the company's overall strategic plan, including controlling, financial planning and analysis, corporate development, tax, treasury, and investor relations. Prior to his promotion to Chief Financial Officer, Ross was Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Sybase.

Sally Rau, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

Sally Rau has been our chief administrative officer and General Counsel since August 2010. From 1998 until 2010, Ms. Rau was a partner with DLA Piper LLP (US), a global law firm. From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Rau served as general counsel of Cronos Containers Ltd., a container leasing company, where she was based in London. Ms. Rau holds a J.D. from the University of Oregon and an A.B. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Menelaos Scouloudis, Chief Commercial Officer

Menelaos Scouloudis has been our chief commercial officer since our founding in 2000. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Scouloudis served as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, a privately-held global consulting firm, in its New York and Athens offices where he worked primarily with large telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Scouloudis holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.


Amit Chaturvedi, General Manager, Advertising

Amit Chaturvedi joined us in 2011 as Senior Vice President, agency platforms, based in New York, and was recently promoted to General Manager of the agency platforms business line. Previously, he worked as Chief Operating Officer at QualityHealth (a performance marketing company in the lead generation space) and in senior roles at aquantive and IAC/InterActiveCorp. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.

Barry Houlihan , General Manager, Western Europe

Barry joined us as the founder and CEO of Mobile Interactive Group (MIG). He has demonstrated his true entrepreneurial spirit by winning Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year, London Region (Nov 06). Barry oversaw the acquisition of mobile marketing and CRM provider Piri Ltd in June 2010; mobile technology, marketing and services company GoldenBytes B.V. in February 2011; and more recently global micro payments business Zaypay in August 2011 to extend the reach of MIG technology and services internationally. Moreover his exceptional knowledge and industry expertise make him perfectly placed to share insight into emerging trends in the mobile and digital industry.

Demetri Paneras, Chief Information Officer

Demetri Paneras joined us as a vice president of LSC and IT and was promoted to chief information officer in 2011. Previously, Demetri was IT director for Eleftheros Tipos, where he designed and delivered the complete replacement of IT&T infrastructure, and the chief executive officer of VCI. Prior to that he was the Internet and interactive media manager for the organizing committee of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and the webmaster of the MIT Media Laboratory where he led the consolidation of the lab’s 80 individual websites. Demetri holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Harry Patz, Chief Revenue Officer

Harry Patz has joined Velti as Chief Revenue Officer for North America, based out of our New York Office. Patz spent 20 years at the Microsoft Corporation, most recently managing the Communications Sector North America for Mobile, Media, Video, Cloud and Enterprise, winning numerous awards including the 2010 US Industry of the Year Award. Patz has mentored a number of tech and social media startups in Montreal and New York, and also provided strategic advisory services to Verizon’s Telematics Business. Patz holds an MBA from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a BS in Management from Boston College.

Jason Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Product

Jason joined us from Microsoft, where he led analytics, yield management and optimization efforts for display and then search advertising (a $3.5Bn business), achieving record levels of revenue per search and user relevance for Bing. Before that, he had various leadership roles in big data, analytics spanning product and development, in support of Major Brands like: Disney, ESPN, ABC, and Starbucks. Jason was also a consultant for 5 years with Microstrategy, a BI software company, and Accenture, after a five-year stint as an Army Intelligence Officer. Jason is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point where he studied Operations Research & International Relations.

Jay Sheth, General Manager, Mobile Marketing

Jay Sheth joined us as Senior Vice President for Air2Web US and President & Chief Executive Officer of Air2Web India based in Atlanta, GA. He was recently promoted to General Manager, Mobile Marketing Business Line. Mr. Sheth initially served as Air2Web's Senior Vice President of corporate development, leading the company's sales efforts with wireless carriers and email marketing vendors, and providing executive oversight of Air2Web's growing subsidiary in India. He has more than 18 years of telecommunications industry experience. Mr. Sheth received a Master's Degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University.

Jesper Helt, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Jesper joined us from SuccessFactors, (recently acquired by SAP), as the VP of Business HR where he had joint responsibility for overall company people strategy. He revamped the entire on-boarding experience to maximize productivity and immersion in company values and brand ambassadorship. He also implemented a state-of-the-art annual review cycle, job architecture and total rewards strategy to enable massive organic and inorganic growth and scaling of the company culture and DNA. He’s also held prior roles at Hewlett Packard and Novo Nordisk A/S.

Krishna Subramanian, Chief Marketing Officer

Krishna Subramanian joined us as the co-founder of Mobclix, and in 2011 he was promoted to chief marketing officer at Velti. Previously, Krishna co-founded and was the general manager of new business at Blue Lithium, the world’s largest behavioral targeted ad network, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2007. He previously led product and marketing at BlueLithium where he pioneered key elements of behavioral targeting: retargeting, predictive targeting, and SIP. Prior to that, Krishna founded Burrp! (acquired by media conglomerate TV18), a localized review and recommendation portal for India, where he ran product and marketing, focusing on ad-supported content delivery to mobile phones. He has a patent pending on mobile analytics and monetization. Krishna graduated with honors from UC Davis.

Paul Cheng, General Manager, Asia Pacific

Paul Cheng has served a number of roles since joining Velti in 2007. From 2007-2011, he served as the VP and SVP of Corporate Development where he was responsible for all M&A and Strategic Partnerships. In 2011, he was promoted to the Chief Product Officer and in 2012 he took on the role of General Manager of our Asia Pacific Revenue Unit. He was previously the co-founder of three companies: Asylum Telecom (where he was CEO), a carrier-grade VoIP switching company that was sold to Gamma Telecom Holdings, Ltd. in 2006; Klarium Luxembourg S.a.r.L (where he was CMO), a mobile payments company in Europe sold to Allaxia SpA in 2002; and Adero (where he was CSO), a Content Distribution Network based in Cambridge, MA that was sold to Colt Telecom and Inktomi in 2001. Mr. Cheng received an A.B. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sumit Rai, Chief Development Officer

Sumit Rai joined as the co-Founder of Mobclix, where he managed finance and led corporate development and strategy for the company. In 2011 he was promoted to Chief Development Officer at Velti. He previously served as managing partner of Venus Capital's Private Equity Group, which focuses on investments in India, and as a principal at Riverside Partners, a leading lower middle market private equity firm. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sunil Verma, Chief Business Development Officer

Sunil Verma joined us as a co-founder of Mobclix, where he headed the daily operations and business development for the company. In 2011 he was promoted to General Manager, Exchange Business Line at Velti and subsequently, to Chief Business Development Officer in 2012. Sunil was recently a Partner in Venus Capital's Private Equity Group, where he focused on investments in Digital Media in the US and India. Prior, he was with Gabriel Venture Partners, a leading growth equity firm, where he assisted with the firm's investments in Digital Media, Software and International Investments in India. Prior to Gabriel, Sunil worked with Catapult Advisors, a boutique investment bank that focused on Digital Media, Mobile and Software M&A and with Tavant Technologies, where he managed a team of product engineers for online lead generation in the finance vertical. He has a patent pending on mobile analytics and monetization. He graduated with Honors with a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Vishal Gurbuxani, Chief Technology Officer

Vishal Gurbuxani joined us as a co-founder of Mobclix. In 2011 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer at Velti. Previously, he has worked at Accenture, focusing on Digital Media, Mobile, Big Data, Content Optimization, and Predictive Analytics. He has filed numerous patents on Predictive Monitoring, Mobile Analytics and Monetization. He designed the architecture of a workflow system for the creation and movement of media as well as an analytics and insight platform for remote monitoring and diagnostics. He graduated with Honors with a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.