Bob Renner is one of the founders of Liaison Technologies and the company’s first employee. As President and CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors, he guides corporate operations, strategy, and acquisitions worldwide. Bob earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University (Fullerton).
Joost Rutten is responsible for worldwide financial operations and reporting. Prior to joining Liaison, Joost held strategic leadership positions at several organizations including SAP SuccessFactors, a leader in the fast growing Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud space which generates more than $1 billion in Subscription revenue on an annual basis. As Division CFO, Joost was responsible for leading and managing the SAP SuccessFactors finance team and managing the Global SAP SuccessFactors P&L. Joost holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is also a CFA charter holder.
Juhani Sormanen runs Liaison’s European operations, guiding delivery, business development, application development, and technical operations in the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Liaison, Juhani served as the CEO of Anilinker Oy, which merged with Liaison in 2008. He has also held various executive positions at Nokia. Juhani earned his Master of Science degree in Electronics from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Rob Consoli is responsible for Liaison’s overall revenue strategy which includes overseeing U.S. Sales and Global Marketing. Since joining the company in 2010, Rob has held various leadership roles in sales and marketing and has been instrumental in establishing Liaison as market leader. Prior to joining Liaison, Rob held key sales leadership roles at I.D. Systems, Visiprise (acquired by SAP), Jacada, Forte Software, and Programming Research. Rob has Master of Engineering Management degree from SMU and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University.
Alice Westerfield leads Liaison’s global partnership efforts which includes strategic partnerships with system integrators, remarketers, and channel partners. In addition, following the successful integration of several acquisitions into the Liaison portfolio, Alice also plays a key role in Liaison’s M&A activities around the globe. Prior to Liaison, Alice held prominent roles at Norfolk Southern, McAfee, PWC, and UPS. Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University with a focus in Managerial Sciences and International Studies.
Mikko Soirola is responsible for all customer facing operations in Europe including Marketing, Sales, Projects and Managed Services. With strong focus and extensive 15+ years’ experience from other top management positions in companies such as Sun Microsystems and Progress Software, he ensures successful customer journey at Liaison. Mikko holds a Master of Science degree from University of Helsinki in Physics and he has a Graduate Diploma in Management at Aalto University Executive Education.
Peter Rodenhauser oversees professional services project delivery and consulting services around the globe for Liaison’s portfolio of integration and data management solutions. Peter joined Liaison through the company’s acquisition of Softshare in 2010 where he was responsible for overall services delivery. Previously, Peter was a consultant at IEC Technologies where he managed a global team and implemented best services delivery practices. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University.
Larry Mieldezis oversees the company's information technology functions, with a focus on customer operations, managed services delivery, and customer support. Prior to his current role, Larry was the COO overseeing global sales, marketing, and professional services where he was instrumental in establishing Liaison’s healthcare informatics team. Prior to joining Liaison, Larry held strategic operations positions at organizations such as Georgia-Pacific Corporation, United Parcel Service and Microsoft. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
Bruce Chen oversees the overall technology strategy and direction for Liaison. Under his leadership, Liaison has developed the most technically advanced integration and data management platform in the market today (which now serves more than 7,400 customers globally). Prior to joining Liaison, Bruce was Chief Application Architect at McKesson-HBOC where he orchestrated a large-scale development initiative to transform EHR products from client-server models to browser-based architectures. Bruce holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University.
Lauri Hölttä runs Liaison’s development organization, including platform architecture and development in US and Finland. Prior to joining Liaison, Lauri served as the head of development in Anilinker Oy, which merged with Liaison in 2008. Lauri has studied software engineering in Tampere University of Technology.
Bob Renner played a significant role in creating the Liaison concept, and served as one of six steering committee members who guided its development into an independent business enterprise. Prior to Liaison, Bob was most recently Director of Electronic Commerce for Georgia-Pacific Corp., one of the world’s largest forest products companies. He also brings over 15 years of information technology experience from several industries to Liaison including work at the Walt Disney Company, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and Security Pacific National Bank (now Bank of America). Renner earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University (Fullerton), and an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Fullerton College (California).
In addition to being a member of the senior executive leadership group in his SVP/CIO capacity, John Balboni recently led the integration of a major acquisition as well as was responsible for Build Products Division prior to its divestiture.
Over a 25 year career at International Paper his roles included executive assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Vice President E-Business and President, Veratec, a leading non-woven fabric business unit. Prior to International Paper, he worked for a division of Colgate in general management, marketing and controller roles. He has served in numerous industry associations and community leadership positions.
John currently serves on the Board of Northwestern Mutual and is the Chairman of the Board of Liaison Technologies.
Dr. Jon Duke is a practicing physician and Director of Health Analytics and Informatics at Georgia Tech. Dr. Duke graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship in Medical Informatics and holds a master's in Human-Computer Interaction. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar to Japan and is fluent in Japanese.
During the past 5 years, Dr. Jon Duke has directed over $21 million in real-world data research for industry and government sponsors. His ongoing focus is advancing techniques for identifying patients of interest from health care data (structured, unstructured, and patient-generated) with applications spanning research, quality, and clinical domains. He oversaw the Merck-Regenstrief Partnership in Healthcare Innovation and helped found OHDSI, an open-source international health data analytics collaborative with data on over 650 million patients in 14 countries. He has been awarded over $15 million in grants and contracts from sources including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and pharmaceutical and health IT industry partners. Dr. Duke's research has resulted in numerous academic publications and been featured in a variety of popular media such as the New York Times, Consumer Reports, and National Public Radio.
In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed publications, his work has been featured in the lay media including the New York Times, NPR, Consumer Reports, Slate, and MSNBC. As an invited speaker nationally and internationally, Dr. Duke has sought to expand on strategies for capturing better health care data, streamlining insights for stakeholders, and delivering effective data-based interventions.
Mr. William E. Klitgaard, also known as Bill, served as the President of Enlighten Health at Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings in 2015. Mr. Klitgaard served as Chief Information Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President of Covance Inc. since 2012 and served as its Treasurer since 1996. He has also served as Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Covance Inc. from 2000 through 2012. He’s also served as Principal Accounting Officer of Covance Inc. since 2010. Mr. Klitgaard served as Corporate Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Covance Inc. from 1999 to 2000 and Corporate Vice President from 1996 to 1999.
Mr. Klitgaard served as Treasurer at Kenetech Corporation and spent eleven years in positions of increasing responsibility with Consolidated Freightways Inc. He has been a Director of Liaison Technologies Ltd. and Liaison Technologies, LLC. since 2013.
Mr. Klitgaard holds an Undergraduate Degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Business.
David Parker served as executive chairman and chief executive officer of ADX from April, 2008 until its acquisition by Liaison Technologies in 2010. Parker is a Silicon Valley veteran enterprise software executive and was the founding president of WebLogic, prior to its acquisition by BEA Systems. WebLogic achieved a peak market valuation of $3 billion as its pro-rata share of BEA. Earlier, Parker led a management buy-out of Quintus. Quintus was a pioneer in front-office and CRM enterprise application software, and achieved a peak market valuation of $1.8 billion, and was subsequently acquired by Avaya.
Parker has held president and chief executive officer positions with Enlighten Software (NASDAQ SFTW), Appeal Virtual Machines (acquired by BEA, then Oracle), SeeRun and Exemplary (acquired by Persistent Systems); and sales executive positions with Avolent, Trolltech (acquired by Nokia) and IBM where Parker began his career in Palo Alto, California in 1979. He has also served as a director/advisor for several technology start-ups including BuzMe, DevZuz, Xcerion Software, KatieSoft, Karna Global Technology, and ePac. Parker has also served as an advisor to Geneva Venture Partners II and is currently consulting with Lufkin Advisors LLC, a private alternative asset management firm. Parker earned a BA in economics from Stanford University.
Joe has more than two decades of experience in health care investing applying a technical engineering background coupled with an understanding of emerging technologies. He is considered to be one of the industry’s leading corporate investors. In 2016, Joe was named by Global Corporate Venturing as one of the top five rising stars.
Joe currently holds board seats with Prognos (Medivo), Liaison/Remedy, Preventice, ClearDATA, Exostar and MiHealth. Previously he sat on the boards with Aptus (Physicians Interactive), Healthsense and Koneksa.
Colleagues have called Joe instrumental in transforming Merck GHIF from a leader, not only in venture capital, but also in growth equity and M&A. He earned industry laurels when he participated in the sale of Humedica, a healthcare analytics company, to UnitedHealth Group in 2013, a transaction that produced a 17-fold return.
In addition to his success with Humedica, Joe has led investments and acquisitions in companies such as Liaison, Preventice, Physicians Interactive, Koneksa, Prognos, WellDoc, Exostar, Milheath and ClearDATA. He has evaluated thousands of digital health companies and has invested in two to three companies annually since 2011. During that same period, he has also managed 40-plus transactions at Merck, all at various stages of maturity.
Another notable success for Joe was his leadership with Preventice to further develop its remote care monitoring platform for cardiac arrhythmia patients. Joe led the Merck strategy and merger of Preventice with eCardio and eventually sold a portion of the combined company to a leading healthcare channel partner, which paid back the fund for the original investment while maintaining majority share of a more valued company. Joe also focused on the patient physician engagement space with his Physicians Interactive (now called Aptus) investments. He eventually led the acquisition of the company on behalf of MerckGHIF. Joe also led the acquisitions of MedHelp, Quantia MD and Tomorrow Networks.
Joe came to Merck from Johnson and Johnson where he spent more than 20 years in innovation and investment roles across Consumer, Pharma and Device sectors of J&J. Prior to that he was a consultant with EDS where he graduated from their Top Gun business and technology program. He went to the University of South Florida where he obtained a degree in Business/Information Systems and Engineering.
Dave Hanaman is a proven entrepreneur with a successful exit and C-level executive responsibility developing integrated strategies in global markets for sustained growth.
Co-founder of C3i, a global leader in healthcare technology services, Dave developed its sales, marketing, product development, and alliance strategies. Working with internal teams and partner networks in North America, Europe and Asia, he led C3i from a start-up to an industry top performer, successfully sold the company to a Fortune Global 500 subsidiary in 2014, and recently completed the integration of the companies.
Recognized for his leadership and communication skills, Dave speaks at industry conferences, guest lectures at universities, and is frequently quoted in the industry press. An inventor, Dave conceived and led a team that patented Performance Optimizer, an early analytics system and method.
Dave resides in Park City, Utah and likes to travel and spend time in the world’s mountains and oceans. He passes on his passion for wild places as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he teaches leadership to groups as diverse as the US Army and Google. Dave is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a former US Navy intelligence officer.
At Verdane, Staffan focuses on the software and internet retail industries. He has been active in the acquisition of a significant number of companies and currently holds positions on the boards of serveral e-commerce holdings. Staffan joined Verdane Capital Advisors’ Stockholm office in 2006, after leaving Enkatsu Solutions, of which he was co-founder and CEO. At Enkatsu Solutions, he acquired venture capital in three rounds and set up a sales organization with exports to 15 countries.
Staffan currently serves as a Director on the board of Outnorth, Mathem, Boozt, Animail, MM Sports and Caliroots. He is also a board advisor to several companies including Liaison Technologies.
Staffan holds an MBA from the University of Linköping (Sweden). He has studied computer programming at the Linköping Institute of Technology, business at the University PMF (France) and has completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.