FADI CHEHADÉ, Chairman

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Fadi Chehadé is Chairman and CEO at Chehadé & Company.He also serves as the Senior Advisor to Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, on the Digital Economy and Society. Fadi is also Senior Advisor to ABRY Partners in Boston, a private equity firm focused solely on media, communications, and digital business/information services investments. He is a director on the boards of two ABRY portfolio companies: Sentry Data Systems, a leader in healthcare technology solutions, and Vocado LLC, a cloud-based education software company Fadi founded in 2007.

Fadi is also a fellow at both Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. He works closely with the faculty and students of these leading institutions to explore innovations in digital governance. He is also a board member at the University of Southern California’s Center for Public Diplomacy.

Prior to founding Chehadé & Company, he was the President and CEO of ICANN, the global authority managing the Internet's logical infrastructure, which ensures one Internet for the world. During his 4-year tenure at ICANN, he led the globalization of the organization, strengthened its operations, and expanded the global trust and legitimacy of its transnational role. He also guided ICANN's historic path to independence working closely with its community for two years, culminating in the successful delivery of a final proposal for ICANN's independence and accountability to the U.S. Government.

Fadi also founded and led several companies in the digital space, including Viacore which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Before that, he founded and served as the first CEO of RosettaNet, an IT Industry Coalition establishing pioneering standards for eBusiness in the late 1990s.

He received an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude from New York University's Polytechnic.

DAN DRISCOLL, President & CEO

As Vocado’s President & CEO, Dan Driscoll is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operational excellence and client satisfaction. He joined the Vocado management team in 2012 and has focused its direction on optimizing the Higher Education Financial Aid Value chain.

Previous to Vocado, his 29-year career with technology firms spanned large companies: Intel and IBM; start-ups: Cymbolic Sciences Intl. and Viacore; and rapid change environments: Printrak Intl. and Partners Consulting. Mr. Driscoll has raised over $100 million in venture funding for start-ups, driven both organic and accretive growth, and engineered successful transitions to next business stage via IPO and M&A.

Dan has created value and streamlined operations in markets ranging from computer hardware to image processing software, from SaaS to fingerprint scanners, and from supply chain B2B hubs to professional services for IT. Throughout his career, he has held positions of CEO, COO, or President, and has served on the Boards of both public and private firms.

SAM WITT, Chief Operating Officer

Samuel Witt joined our team in July of 2010, after completing a six-year engagement with Deloitte & Touche, where he played a vital role in the delivery, management and support of the largest public sector business and technology transformation project in the firm's history. Over the span of his career, he as worked with over a dozen corporations, providing consultation services to the high tech, pharmaceutical, durable goods, retail, insurance, real estate and public sectors.

Over the last thirteen years, Sam has developed a unique understanding of the challenges companies face when business innovation is driven by a technology solution. He has developed a keen understanding of the risks and rewards associated with product development and delivery, and has gained a well rounded view of all aspects of product development, implementation and support.

BUCK FOREMAN, Vice President Engineering

Buck is the one we rely on to take our product visions and make them a reality. For over 25 years, he has built and led engineering teams that have developed both Product and Service offerings for a wide array of commercial and government customers. His skill in managing engineering teams across multiple geographic locations is an added bonus. Working for such companies as Printrak International, Viacore, and ID Scientific, Buck has built a solid spectrum of systems including workflow management, SaaS, secure business transaction, operational management, and process oriented systems.

JOHN REFILA, Vice President, Product Management

John’s extensive experience implementing large enterprise systems in highly complex regulatory environments is foundational to the design of Vocado’s game changing solution. At Deloitte Consulting, John was part of the leadership team that designed and deployed a billion dollar enterprise system for the U.S. Judicial Branch-- Deloitte Consulting's largest engagement to date. 

Here at Vocado, John combines deep knowledge in both the Education and Technology sectors to design innovative solutions that help our clients achieve their automation and process improvement goals. 

John graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Cognitive Science/Computer Science and Business Administration.

DEREK KURZENKNABE, Vice President Business Development

Derek is a seasoned business development professional who has more than 25 years of client-based consulting experience with leading companies such as IBM and Accenture. He has worked with clients from both public and private institutions to implement complex technology solutions. Over the last decade, Derek has helped numerous clients identify, develop, and implement transformational business process improvement programs and implement SaaS strategies globally.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Science, Commerce/Finance degree form Santa Clara University.

LINDA YORK, Vice President, Marketing

Linda has 30 years of strategic marketing and marketing communications experience with leading technology companies such as IBM, Ingram Micro, Intel, Siemens, Stratus Computer, as well as several startup ventures. She was also a member of founding team for RosettaNet – a global eBusiness supply chain standards body. For Vocado, she provides strategic council on marketing communication, branding and market positioning efforts.

ALLEN R. GROGAN, General Counsel

Allen is an accomplished attorney and recognized expert in Intellectual Property Law. Since 2007, he has also served asSenior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Jazz Semiconductor, Inc.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Grogan served as Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary of Viacore, Inc., which offered supply chain solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. He was also a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt from 1984 to 2000, where he represented clients in the computer, online and high technology industries.