Leadership

Leadership

We are driven by our mission to advance the development of new treatments.

Medidata’s journey started in 1999 when a scientist working on his first clinical trial waded through inefficiencies and delays, and knew that technology could improve the process. Over time, we’ve grown to be the leader in clinical technology, with thousands of people working towards the same goal: using the latest technology to help our life science clients bring their life-saving new treatments to the public.

Leadership Team

Tarek Sherif
Co-Founder, Co-CEO

A founder of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as CEO since 2001 and chairman since 2009. Including Medidata’s successful public offering in 2009, Tarek has led Medidata from startup to becoming the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions to the life science industry and one of the largest public technology companies founded in New York City.  Medidata is the global leader in collecting and managing clinical trial data and supports trials in more than 120 countries, while defining the vertical cloud company business model. Medidata’s mission is to power smarter treatments and healthier people.

Tarek has more than 30 years of leadership experience in health-tech and finance. Prior to Medidata, he co-managed and managed equity funds focused on public and private technology and life sciences companies, as well as holding various positions in finance.

Tarek received his BA in economics from Yale University in 1984 and graduated from Columbia Business School in 1991, where he earned a degree in business administration and finance. He serves as the co-chair of the Partnership Fund for New York City, which is focused on creating business opportunities and jobs for city residents. Tarek also sits on the advisory board of Students on Ice, a not-for-profit organization focused on inspiring youth through educational expeditions to the polar regions, and​ the Musculoskeletal Advisory Board at NYU Langone Medical Center​.

Glen de Vries
Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Glen is the co-CEO and co-founder of Medidata Solutions, the leading cloud platform for life sciences research. Glen has been driving Medidata's mission since the company’s inception in 1999: Powering smarter treatments and healthier people. His publications have appeared in Applied Clinical Trials, Cancer, The Journal of Urology, Molecular Diagnostics, STAT, Urologic Clinics of North America and TechCrunch. He is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, a Columbia HITLAB Fellow, and a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association European Advisory Board.

Glen received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a research scientist at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and studied computer science at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics.

You can follow Glen on Twitter at @CaptainClinical.

Rouven Bergmann
EVP, COO, CFO

Bergmann brings a breadth of experience to his role as COO and CFO, and is responsible for Medidata's financial and investor relations functions.

Previously, Rouven was CFO of the multi-billion dollar software business SAP North America, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial activities for SAP’s largest business unit. His key accomplishments include driving SAP’s transition from a traditional licensing model to SaaS and leading transformational acquisition integrations. Since joining SAP in 2005, Bergmann served as chief operating officer for SAP’s global R&D organization, as well as in key leadership roles in Waldorf, Germany; Bangalore, India; and Palo Alto.

Rouven holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany, and a PhD in economics and finance from the University of Munich in Germany.

Sastry Chilukuri
EVP, President of Acorn AI

As Executive Vice President of Digital and AI Solutions, Sastry Chilukuri is responsible for accelerating the development, go-to-market, and delivery of capabilities that help life science clients accelerate their innovation.

Chilukuri brings 19 years of experience in healthcare technology. He most recently was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 12 years advising bio-pharma, medical device, technology, public sector and regulatory clients around the world. Prior to that, he worked for GE Healthcare in software engineering, product development, and operations.

His perspectives have been widely disseminated, including conferences, media and numerous publications on McKinsey Insights.

Sastry holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; a Master of Science from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India.

 

Christian Hebenstreit
SVP, EMEA Region

Christian brings more than 20 years of operational and commercial experience across multiple sectors to his role at Medidata. As managing director of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), he plays an integral role in the development and execution of the Company’s overall growth strategy and success within the EMEA market.

Christian joins Medidata from Salesforce.com, where he was the regional vice president for Central Europe. During his tenure, he established and expanded EMEA operations for a number of high-profile companies, and was recognized as the “Worldwide Salesforce VP of the Year” in 2014. Prior to Salesforce, Christian spent seven years at Oracle Corporation, where he initially led the strategic accounts group for EMEA’s largest customers and later became the lead for business analytics in Germany. He has also held roles at IBM and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

Christian received his MBA from Germany’s Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and completed continuing education programs at London Business School, INSEAD and Henley Management College.

Jackie Kent
EVP, Head of Product

Jackie serves as EVP, head of product at Medidata. She has over 30 years of organizational development experience, including clinical development process, complex IT strategies, and system solutions.

Prior to joining Medidata, Jackie spent 28 years at Eli Lilly, starting with technical IT and moving into leadership roles. She developed a comprehensive knowledge of information technology, clinical trial design & execution, as well as CT supply planning. Jackie also had accountability for the IT systems that supported these teams, including the Clinical Trial MRP system (SAP) and the Lilly IRT system.

Jackie is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) Leadership Council, where she previously represented pharma companies, and now continues representing Medidata.

Jackie received her B.S. in Computer Science from Butler University.

Dr. Rama Kondru
EVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer

Rama is an innovative and strategically focused executive with over 20 years of experience in diverse roles in pharma, medical devices, data science, and academia. He has focused primarily on designing and developing technology products that deliver enhanced patient outcomes and experiences.

Rama previously served as CIO for Janssen Americas, a Johnson and Johnson company focused on the commercialization of innovative treatments. While at JNJ, he also served as vice president and CIO for R&D and Innovation in Medical Devices (MD). Prior, Rama held leadership roles at UCB Pharma and Hoffmann-La Roche. Rama is well recognized in the industry having received multiple awards and named author on over 25 patents and 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Rama has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and served as an adjunct professor at Duke University

Naveen Bhateja
SVP, Chief People Officer

Naveen is the SVP, Chief People Officer at Medidata leading all aspects of human resources including recruiting, workplace solutions, and diversity and inclusion teams globally. As a member of the senior leadership team, Naveen operates as a business strategist and trusted advisor, and believes that people strategies empower successful business outcomes.

Prior to joining Medidata, he was global vice president of HR for Juniper Networks for five years supporting 50 countries. In this role, Naveen led several companywide transformational initiatives including an overhaul to workforce planning process that saved over $200M in operational expenses to support reinvestment in strategic areas. Naveen’s career spans nearly 25 years at companies including GE, JP Morgan Chase, Experian and Amazon. Naveen also serves on a non-profit board for Geeks Rule and as a pro-bono account Director at Taproot Foundation.

Naveen earned an MBA from the University of Leeds, UK and trained in design thinking at Stanford University.

Michael Otner
EVP, General Counsel

Mike manages Medidata’s legal affairs and serves as the company’s corporate secretary. His principal areas of focus are securities compliance, corporate governance, commercial negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and providing legal and strategic advice to the management team and board of directors.

Mike has over 15 years of legal experience working with public and private companies in a variety of industries. Prior to Medidata, he worked for The BISYS Group, Inc. (acquired by Citibank) and held various counsel roles at Globespan and Conexant.

Mike holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Pray
EVP, Global Sales

Michael leads Medidata's global commercial organization. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience and a proven track record of building and scaling teams, in both start-up and high growth environments, to his role at Medidata.
Michael previously served as chief revenue officer of Tangoe, a multinational technology company that provides cloud solutions to effectively manage IT assets and services. Prior to Tangoe, he spent 14 years within IBM's software group that included a series of executive positions with roles of increasing responsibility. He served as VP of worldwide analytic solution sales, where he was responsible for sales, technical sales and channels that drove over $1.5B in annual revenue.
Earlier in his career, Michael worked at Ford Motor Company, Univision, ASC and Schooner Information Technology. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Daniel Shannon
EVP, Global Professional Services

Dan leads a global team that supports over 300 Medidata clients, delivering quality services from product configuration and best practices to guidance for clinical development efficiency through Medidata software use and innovative process change.

Dan has over 20 years of pharmaceutical research and development experience. Prior to joining Medidata in 2005, Dan held positions with IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting focusing on clinical development optimization for pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations and at Schering-Plough performing clinical research.

Dan received his BA from Rutgers University, and holds an MS from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Takeru Yamamoto
SVP, Asia-Pacific Region

Takeru brings more than 10 years of industry experience in clinical R&D, project management and system implementation consulting to his role as managing director of the Asia-Pacific region.

Takeru began his career at CSK (now SCSK) as a software engineer, where he designed and programmed a wide range of clinical software systems.  He then moved to Itochu Techno Science Group (now Itochu Techno Solutions Corporation) to manage the systems integration business for pharmaceutical R&D clients.  Since joining Medidata in 2005, he’s held various roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing.
Takeru received his BA in science education from Chiba University.