Chief Executive Officer
Jesse Hermann is a well seasoned CEO with over thirty years of experience as a management executive. After starting his career as a consultant at Bain and Company, he went on to work at and run companies with operations and customers around the world in industries including automotive parts, computers and peripherals, distribution and distribution software. He started and built one of the first successful SaaS companies with operations in the US and India. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College and holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Schonau is an experienced CFO with 25+ years of experience providing financial and operational leadership to public and venture-backed corporations. Mr. Schonau has provided financial leadership to software companies in healthcare information technology, transportation and B2B commerce. Before moving into the private sector, he spent eight years working for Ernst & Young as an auditor. Mr. Schonau holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University, is licensed as a CPA in the State of Arizona and holds a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Thunderbird School of International Management.
Chief Technology Officer
Suhas is an experienced executive in Enterprise Architecture, Product development, Technology Integration in M&A, creating and managing product engineering labs in a distributed environment. He has successfully built and scaled up engineering teams for startups to large enterprises and has expertise in development of real time scalable enterprise and mobile apps.
As CTO at AFS Technologies, Suhas is responsible for leading Technology direction and strategy including development of the company’s Products Portfolio and ensure that AFS continues to bring cutting edge technology solutions to the industry.
Prior to joining AFS, Suhas was the Practice Head and VP Software services at CGI consulting. Suhas managed the Application development and e-business development practice generating revenues of over $160 million from the practice and was recipient of Chairman’s Pinnacle award. During this tenure, he successfully developed and integrated products and development teams from multiple acquisitions. Suhas had earlier worked with organizations like Robert Bosch, Germany and Tata consultancy Services heading their architecture and product development.
Suhas has a BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Systems from Boston University, MBA from Northeastern University with specializations in High Technology and Enterprise Architecture. He is also a Fellow of CMA institute –India and certified CMA from IMA, USA.
Chief Customer Officer
Lisa Whinnie has over 20 years or experience within all areas of IT, consisting of software development, professional services and customer support. Over the past 16 years, she has worked with end users to convert their business requirements into comprehensive, streamlined technical solutions. As executive vice president, chief customer officer, Ms. Whinnie is responsible for customer relations including customer service, customer communication, and customer product positioning. She ensures the AFS strategy is aligned with customers’ objectives, including driving its customer advocacy and consulting group. Prior to joining AFS, Ms. Whinnie served as the IT director for an international espresso distributor, Illy Espresso of the Americas, and was formerly the MIS manager at the telecommunications company, Executone Information Systems Inc. She holds a B.S. degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Vice President EMEA
During a 25 year career in the software industry, Chris Mitchell has collaboratively worked with many global pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare and consumer goods companies to successfully deliver IT solutions to support specialized business processes—primarily in the front office. This has involved senior business development roles at national, European and global levels in both large organizations such as Oracle and Accenture as well as specialized software vendors such as CAS, Cegedim and First Consulting Group. He has worked extensively in East and West Europe, North America, Latam, Middle East and Asia Pac and therefore understands many of the key differences of business practices, culture, regulation and politics which can undermine global programs. Prior to joining AFS, he worked for CAS as the Global Account Director for a small number of global top 20 CPG companies.