Our Leaders

Our leadership team at Vendavo brings a wealth of experience from top companies, but they’re more than just resumes or titles. They inspire us to innovate, take risks, and put customers first. Together, we drive success.

Our Executive Team

Our executive leaders are experienced professionals from prominent industrial, software, and consulting companies. They are compassionate leaders who are dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. They have earned their success through hard work, integrity, and a relentless commitment to our customers’ success.

Duncan James Leadership
Duncan James
Chief Executive Officer

Duncan James is an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners and CEO of Vendavo.

Duncan James is an accomplished Operating Partner at Francisco Partners, focusing on the software IT market. He led two private equity backed companies including MModal and QuadraMed, and served as Group President at McKesson Corporation. Additionally, Duncan’s influence spreads to other companies in the Francisco Partners portfolio where he serves on the Board of Directors including Avalon Health, Merative, Orchard Software, and QGenda. An alumnus of Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management​.

Gina Bates
Gina Bates
Chief Revenue Officer

Gina Bates brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience from SAP, Coupa, Anaplan and Salesforce.

Gina has a proven track record building successful, high-performing teams, and is passionate about cultivating a strong team culture. She leads the Global Sales, Business Consulting, Sales Operations, and Partnership teams in all geographies. Gina is a Michigan State alumna.

Kristin Thielking
Chief People Officer

Kristin Thielking, Chief People Officer, brings more the 25 years experience in leading strategic Human Resources organizations in both the large and mid-market space.

After a lengthy career with Orbitz Worldwide where she lead the HR team for all of Orbitz’ North American and Israeli operations including a large technology group, Kristin was then SVP, Human Resources at SquareTwo Financial. In her tenure with SquareTwo, Kristin was responsible for developing and implementing progressive Employee Experience initiatives leading to an award-winning culture in the organization.

Kristin is a University of Wyoming graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. An avid runner and live music enthusiast, Kristin enjoys time with her family and dogs in Colorado’s great outdoors.

David Edwards, Vendavo's Chief Security officer
David Edwards
Chief Technology Officer

David Edwards brings an extensive and distinguished background in software development and engineering leadership to Vendavo, particularly in the areas of application and data architectures, scalable computing and distributed systems.

He most recently served as Vice President and Fellow at Cerner, a global healthcare information technology company. Over the past 25 years with Cerner, David was instrumental in leading the company through pivotal shifts in technology and architecture. He was often at the center of strategic technology decisions and previously led a software development organization focused on building scalable and reliable identity and data infrastructure services.

In 2008, David was awarded the prestigious Cerner Fellow designation in recognition for his distinguished technical contributions. He holds a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Northwest Missouri State University, where he also serves as a member of the Computer Science Professional Advisory Board.

Sian Story
General Counsel

As General Counsel of Vendavo, Sian Story brings more than 15 years’ experience advising international technology companies on the legal aspects of growth and development.

Prior to Vendavo, Sian worked as a senior in house counsel for a public company in the cyber security industry and spent ten years within an international law firm; in part located in the San Francisco Bay Area acting as a trusted business partner advising numerous household name tech businesses on their overseas expansion.  Sian has a passion for distilling complex legal issues into simple and efficient actions, building sustainable processes, and facilitating scaling and growth.

Chris DeBiase, CFO at Vendavo
Chris DeBiase
Chief Financial Officer

Chris DeBiase is an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners and CFO of Vendavo.

Chris DeBiase is an experienced Operating Partner at Francisco Partners Consulting. He has spent the last 15+ years as a Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of private equity-backed software companies including Quest Software, Aspect Software, Vertafore, Corel Corporation, and Ingres. Prior to operating roles, Chris spent 10 years as an Equity Research analyst covering software at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. He is an alumnus of Brown University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Mike Bernard
Mike Bernard
Chief Marketing Officer

Mike Bernard brings over 15 years of B2B Marketing experience to the role with a deep passion for driving revenue growth, leveraging marketing technology and in building an outstanding team around him.

Mike believes that the right software, and the right people, can truly drive tremendous value for organizations. When you get this combination right, you develop raving fan customers.

Prior to Vendavo, Mike led product and customer marketing at Optimizely and was the CMO of Insite Sofware, the leader in B2B eCommerce software for manufactures and wholesale distributors (acquired by Optimizely).

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master’s degree from Bethel University.

Ron Pascuzzi
Ron Pascuzzi
Chief Customer Officer

Ron Pascuzzi has more than 20 years of leadership experience in software, IoT, and consulting.

As Chief Customer Officer, Ron provides executive leadership across the entire customer lifecycle, from onboarding through to retention, expansion, and renewal. Prior to joining Vendavo, he spent 4 years as Chief Customer Officer at Plex Systems, Inc. where he led customer success and services.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Western Michigan University.  He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Alex Hoff
Chief Product Officer

Alex Hoff has been with Vendavo since 2008 and has served in roles across pre-sales, professional services, marketing, and product management. In his current role as head of product management, Alex manages a talented team that brings innovative software solutions to market that enable B2B corporations to operationalize their commercial excellence strategies. Since 2018, Alex has led the transformation of Vendavo’s product portfolio from a first-generation on-premises software platform, to a portfolio of integrated cloud-native SaaS products.

Prior to working for Vendavo, Alex worked in various marketing and pricing roles for Fortune 500 companies in business services, retail/consumer goods, and freight transportation.

Alex earned his MBA with a Concentration in Marketing from the MJ Neeley School of Business at TCU where he also holds a B.S. in Psychology.  Alex was also among the early participants in the Certified Pricing Professional program from the Professional Pricing Society in 2008.

Our Board of Directors

At Vendavo, our Board of Directors brings together a diverse group of leaders with expertise across industries, technologies, and markets. They provide guidance, vision, and strategic direction to our executive team, ensuring we stay focused on our mission to empower our customers to achieve growth and profitability. We are proud to have such a talented and experienced group of individuals guiding our company towards a bright future.

Petri Oksanen
Partner at Francisco Partners

Petri Oksanen is a Partner at Francisco Partners and focuses primarily on enterprise application software companies.

Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2005, Petri worked at Morgan Stanley in their Technology Investment Banking group in Menlo Park, California. Earlier in his career, Petri held a variety of business development, program management, and software development roles at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Petri currently serves on the board of directors of Consignor, EG, Plex Systems, and Vendavo.

He formerly served on the board of directors of Aconex (IPO), AdvancedMD (acquired by ADP), API Healthcare (acquired by GE Healthcare), ByBox, ClickSoftware (acquired by Salesforce), Healthland (acquired by CPSI), Prometheus Group (acquired by a financial sponsor), Source Photonics (acquired by a financial sponsor), and T-System (acquired by Fidelity National).

Petri was also previously involved with FP’s investments in Ex Libris (acquired by a financial sponsor), LYNX Medical Systems (acquired by Picis), Specific Media (acquired by Time), and Webtrends (acquired by Oracle).

Tom Barnds
Co-Managing Partner at Accel-KKR

Tom Barnds is the Co-Managing Partner at Accel-KKR.  Since Tom founded the firm in 2000, Accel-KKR has acquired or invested in over 300 software and technology-enabled service companies.

Tom’s current board seats include: FastSpring, Imed, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Lemontech, NAVTOR, Recurly, Siigo, Smart Communications, Springbrook Software, TELCOR, Vendavo and Vitu.

Prior to founding Accel-KKR in 2000, Tom was a Managing Director at Nassau Capital, a private equity firm engaged in investing $2.5 billion of Princeton University’s endowment, where for four years he led growth equity investments and buyouts in technology, energy, media and healthcare. Prior to Nassau Capital, Tom ran Business Development at McGaw, a successful leveraged buyout led by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and ABS Capital. Tom started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he worked with emerging growth and technology companies. Tom has been a guest lecturer on private equity topics at Stanford University and Princeton University.

Tom received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Gordon MacNeill
Principal at Accel-KKR

Gordon MacNeill is a Principal at Accel-KKR.

Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Gordon was a Vice President with Genstar Capital where he was involved in private equity investments across a variety of industries, including the software, industrial, financial services and healthcare sectors. Previously, Gordon worked with Summit Partners focused on sourcing, evaluating and executing late stage growth equity investments in leading software and technology infrastructure companies.  Gordon started his career in the technology investment banking group of Oppenheimer & Co. in New York.

Gordon’s current board seats include Springbrook Software, Surgical Information Systems (SIS), Unimarket and Vendavo. Gordon’s former selected directorships include: TEAM Software (sold to WorkWave).

Gordon received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. with Distinction in Finance and a minor in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dean Jacobson
Managing Director at Accel-KKR

Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Dean was a Vice President with Summit Partners where he was involved in private equity investments in the technology and financial services sectors. Prior to Summit, Dean worked as a Director of Corporate Development at Vonage, a leading provider of digital phone services.

Before Vonage, Dean was an Associate Director at 3i, a leading global private equity firm where he focused on the firm’s later-stage technology investing practice in the United States. Dean started his career in the technology group at Robertson Stephens where he worked with growing companies in the semiconductor, hardware, storage and digital media sectors.

Dean’s current board seats include: FastSpring, FM:Systems, GPS Insight, iSolved HCM, NAVTOR, Recurly, Springbrook Software, SugarCRM, Surgical Information Systems (SIS) and TELCOR.

Dean’s former selected directorships include: Seequent (sold to Bentley Systems (NASD: BSY) in 2021), JAGGAER (sold to Cinven in 2019), Cielo (sold to the Permira Funds in 2019), Oildex (sold to Drillinginfo in 2018), Episerver (sold to Insight Venture Partners in 2018), Datapipe (acquired by Rackspace in 2017)Abila (sold to Community Brands in 2017), KANA Software (sold to Verint Systems (NASD: VRNT) in 2014) and The Endurance International Group (sold to a private equity consortium in 2011) .

Dean received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Christine Wang
Partner at Francisco Partners

Christine Wang is a Partner with Francisco Partners.

Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2015, Christine worked at Advent International where she evaluated private equity investments in the business services, financial services, and technology sectors. Earlier in her career, she was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan.

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Bob Stutz
Member Board of Directors

Bob Stutz is recognized globally as one of the foremost leading experts on CRM and CX. Stutz brings more than 25 years of product and business applications development experience.

He’s held executive positions at SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, HP, and Siebel Systems Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in government Eastern European studies from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in human resources, organization development, from Chapman University

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