Rohit De Souza
CEO and President
Rohit De Souza serves as Chief Executive Officer. Rohit brings nearly 25 years of blue chip, strategic technology and change management experience to the role, having driven results at both large enterprise technology companies and smaller, early stage ventures in a global context. Prior to his appointment at Actian, Rohit held the President and acting CEO position at BeyondCore, where he refocused its go-to-market strategy and drove the acquisition of the company by Salesforce. Prior to BeyondCore, Rohit held multiple leadership positions at HP, including Vice President and General Manager for HP Software – Autonomy / IDOL and prior to that Vice President and General Manager for its Retail Publishing division, where he was responsible for the business’ exponential growth and established HP as a leader in worldwide retail photo and publishing. Rohit has held leadership roles at Siebel, Oracle, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Intel, where in each instance he contributed to the accelerated growth and market success of the firm. Rohit holds dual master’s degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Madras University in India.
Lewis is the SVP and Chief Financial Officer of Actian responsible for the company’s financial and capital management strategies, business planning, financial accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations.
Lewis brings 30 years of experience in the communications technology space with expertise in communications services, networking, communication hardware, enterprise software, cloud and SaaS businesses. Previously, Lewis was the General Manager of the Nexmo line of business in Vonage where he scaled the business significantly while integrating the business into Vonage. Prior to Vonage Lewis was the CFO of Nexmo where he played an important role in guiding the direction and driving the execution and was a key member of the team that sold the business to Vonage. Prior to Nexmo, Lewis has had broad finance and operational leadership experience in building, scaling and optimizing businesses globally in companies such as AT&T, Lucent technologies, Avaya and Citrix.
He is a certified accountant in the UK and graduated from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
SVP – Marketing
Jeff Veis is SVP, Marketing at Actian. He is responsible for product, solution, partner, brand and digital marketing initiatives on a global basis. Jeff has over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience at high-growth companies. He conceived and founded the Liberty Alliance Project creating a global standard for federated digital identity. Prior to Actian, he held senior level positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software’s Big Data Analytics and Information Management Group, SAP BusinessObjects, BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems, ActiveGrid and Booz-Allen. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief People Officer
Melissa Ribeiro is Chief People Officer at Actian. She has led global HR organizations in information technology, entertainment and the news industry, during tenures with Thomson Reuters, Yahoo, Opera MediaWorks and Deluxe Entertainment Group. In her previous role Melissa was the EVP of Human Resources at Deluxe Entertainment Group, a billion-dollar company in entertainment, post production and technology based in Los Angeles, where she led HR operations for this globally distributed organization.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNOPAR – Universidade Norte do Paraná, Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from UNESPAR – Universidade Estadual do Paraná and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Georgia.
23+ years of journey with HCL family, areas of Expertise & Strengths: IT/Business Impact, Global Delivery Operations, Solution Mindset, Cross-Functional Team Leadership
Currently in HCL Tech – ERS – ISV business, she leads IBM relationship (Engineering business), responsible to manage and grow the Account/ Client Relationships and Global Delivery across US, China, Russia & India. Most recent this year, additional responsibility to driving India Captive Business and growing & strengthening HCL-Actian partnership
A decade at HCL Tech, grown up through the ranks playing varied roles in technology & business with a focus on customers & industry
- Setup Microsoft offshore delivery – Delhi (2003-2006)
- Incubated a Solutions Group at M&E, to create service propositions, partnerships/alliances & building solutions/ IPs for emerging µ-verticals – Music, Broadcasting & Interactive Media with a focus on business development, solutions – Delhi/US (2006-2009)
- Stabilized and grew Microsoft IT at Hyderabad – Hyd (2009-2013)
Passionately independent, challenges the status quo, learns at all times and believes to let every team member feel valued, appreciated and important.
Beyond work, an avid reader of fiction, loves to paint & bake, interests in music (Hindi & English) from the 70s & 80s. A few years back, took a resolution to travel at least 3 new places in a year and kept up the promise visited places across India and abroad.
SVP of R&D and Support Services
Raghu Chakravarthi is Senior Vice President of R&D and Support Services at Actian. He has global responsibilities for product, engineering and support services. Prior to Actian, Raghu was the GM of Teradata’s Analytics Platform business where he led database engineering and advanced analytics teams. Raghu has startup experience at Jolata and Jamcracker and was a senior executive at industry leaders including Hyperion, Oracle and Sabre.
Raghu is a seasoned executive with deep enterprise product and business expertise in data science, big data, cloud services and data integration. He is an Silicon Valley entrepreneur actively engaging in innovative technology communities including TiE and Big Data meetup.
SVP - Engineering
As SVP of Engineering at Actian, Emma leads research and development for Actian’s Hybrid Data Analytics Portfolio. A recognized authority in DBMS and Big Data technologies, Emma is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences. Emma has recently celebrated over 25 years in Ingres and Actian Engineering. Educated in Ireland, Emma holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from Dublin City University.
VP - Engineering
Volker John is Vice President of Engineering at Actian. His current responsibilities include overseeing the research and development efforts for all of Actian’s NoSQL, Graph, and BaaS technologies, as well as providing senior engineering leadership on the executive staff. He joined Actian in 2012 when it acquired Versant GmbH, where he was managing director. He previously held senior positions in product management and business development at several software and service providers. Volker is based in Hamburg, Germany.
Bikram Gupta Sarma
VP - Platform Engineering
Bikram is Vice President of Platform Engineering at Actian, overseeing Zen embedded database, integration engineering and engineering operations. He has over three decades of experience in executive operations, product development and global management. Prior to Actian, Bikram founded Straxium corporation – a company engaged in global management of innovation and leadership in cloud and infrastructure technologies. He also held various positions at Oracle managing different countries as VP Global Center operations, VP Systems Technology and VP Platform Engineering. Bikram has a BS in Electronics Engineering and a MS in Mathematics from BITS, Pilani India. He also undertook certificate courses in Project Management, Finance and Disruptive innovation from Stanford and Harvard Universities.
VP - Global Support & Managed Services
Pamela Fowler is currently Vice President, Global Support and Managed Services managing the Global Enterprise Support Services delivery team at Actian Corporation. Pamela is responsible for the entire supporting infrastructure, strategic direction and tactical execution of the global support and managed services organizations. She controls of all aspects of the global support delivery model, policies, procedures and infrastructure, and provides strategic leadership by representing the ‘voice of the customer’ to management across all functional areas within Actian.
Pamela has been at Actian since November of 2005 when it was divested as a new entity from CA. Previously, Pamela held several leadership roles within CA heading technical support and was instrumental in driving CA’s supporting operations. Prior to CA Pamela was the Vice President of Technical Support for the enterprise and database management software at Platinum Technology, Inc.
Pamela holds both a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology and a masters degree in Business Administration from Dominican University.
SVP - General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Chris Nadan is SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, heading the legal department and responsible for all legal affairs for Actian. Chris has over 20 years’ legal experience at global high-tech companies, including Deputy General Counsel for Sun Microsystems, where he won Sun’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation. A frequent speaker and writer, Chris has been an adjunct professor of law at U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, and his published articles were twice cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of ground-breaking legal cases. Chris was an attorney at Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco, and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.