Peter Gassner

Founder, CEO

Peter is responsible for the overall direction and management of Veeva Systems. In 2010, Peter was named to the PharmaVOICE 100, which recognizes the 100 most influential people in the life sciences industry. Peter is a twenty-year veteran of the software industry.

Prior to founding Veeva, Peter was Senior Vice President of Technology at where he had responsibility for building the platform including product, marketing and developer relations. During Peter's tenure, completed its public offering and grew the technology into the most successful SaaS platform in the industry.

Before, Peter was with PeopleSoft for nine years as both Chief Architect and General Manager of PeopleTools. Peter led a team of over 450 professionals who provided the development, strategy, marketing and customer support for PeopleSoft's technology platform. PeopleTools was widely regarded in the industry as the best application platform of its day.

Peter began his career with IBM in relational database development and research at IBM Silicon Valley Lab and then at IBM Almaden Research Center where he had the privilege of working closely with some of the inventors of relational database technology.

Peter serves on the board of directors of Veeva Systems, Guidewire Software, and Zoom Video Communications.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Matt Wallach

Co-founder, President

Matt co-founded Veeva Systems in 2007 and has been instrumental in building the company into a global market leader, recognized for product excellence and superior customer success. After holding various roles during the company's growth, Matt is responsible today for strategy, alliances and business development, and is a key executive contact for many of Veeva’s customers.

Before founding Veeva, Matt held various executive roles at small healthcare technology companies in product management, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Matt was the General Manager of the Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology division at Siebel Systems, which has since been acquired by Oracle. At Siebel, he was responsible for market leading applications in Pharma CRM and clinical trial management.

Matt is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted in many of the top life sciences publications. In 2007, he was named to the PharmaVOICE 100, which recognizes the 100 most influential people in the life sciences industry. Matt currently serves on the board of directors of HealthVerity and on the advisory board at Crossix, both innovators in the healthcare data and analytics arena. Matt received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, with honors, and his B.A. in Economics from Yale University, cum laude.

Tim Cabral

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Tim is responsible for all aspects of financial management and G&A operations. He brings over 20 years of technology finance background and nearly 10 years of software finance and operations background.

Prior to joining Veeva Systems, Tim served as CFO/COO for Walsh Wireless, a wireless solutions and services company and as CFO/CoFounder of Agistics, a start-up focused on employee management services. Tim also spent more than 7 years at PeopleSoft, Inc., where he held various positions, including VP of Products & Technology Finance and Senior Director of Corporate FP&A. During his tenure as VP of Finance, Tim created and built the Operational Controller team and developed an influential business partnership model with General Managers who owned business units driving upwards of $250m in revenue.

Prior to PeopleSoft, Tim served in finance positions at Chiron Corporation and LSI Logic. Tim holds a MBA in Finance and a Bachelors degree in Finance from Santa Clara University.

Alan Mateo

Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Alan is Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Veeva. He brings more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software.

His career is marked by directing high-performing sales teams and forging strategic relationships with leading companies. Mateo spent the last 10 years selling clinical cloud solutions in life sciences while head of worldwide field operations at Medidata Solutions. Prior to Medidata, Mateo worked in various sales positions at top software companies, including PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Red Pepper Software. At PeopleSoft, Mateo headed up the product sales organization, helping to drive PeopleSoft’s transition to a billion dollar company with multiple product lines. He also led the successful integration of the JD Edwards and PeopleSoft sales organizations with combined revenue of more than $2.5 billion.

Nitsa Zuppas

Chief Marketing Officer

Nitsa manages Veeva’s corporate marketing programs, including branding, communications, lead generation, sales enablement and product marketing. She has more than 20 years of marketing and technology experience, with particular expertise in communications and CRM software.

Prior to joining Veeva, Nitsa was a senior executive at First Virtual Group, where she was responsible for marketing across the company’s diverse lines of business. She also managed the Siebel Foundation, operating programs such as the Meth Project, Siebel Scholars, and the Siebel Stem Cell Institute. The internationally renowned campaigns that she created for the Meth Project earned more than 45 advertising awards. Under Nitsa’s leadership, the Foundation was named the third most effective philanthropy in the world by Barron’s magazine and received a White House commendation.

Nitsa joined First Virtual Group following eight years at Siebel Systems, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in corporate marketing and product marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University.

Dan Goldsmith

Chief Strategy Officer

An experienced executive with nearly 20 years in life sciences, Dan serves as Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for industry thought leadership and strategic customer engagement.

Prior, Dan led the launch and growth of Veeva’s business in Europe. He then spearheaded the development of Veeva Network a complete cloud-based customer master solution.

Dan has driven and delivered global commercial strategies and solutions for most of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and he is a trusted advisor to many industry executives. He has deep experience implementing commercial effectiveness solutions and has architected and implemented industry-leading solutions in the areas of mobility, medical information, master data management, digital channel execution, and marketing.

Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Frank Defesche

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vault Platform

As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vault Platform, Frank is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and customer success of Vault Platform.

Since 1999, Frank has provided strategic guidance and services to customers for cloud-based enterprise applications and platforms. An early cloud pioneer, he has managed hundreds of cloud implementations and brings a wealth of knowledge on how to evaluate, deliver, and support cloud technology.

Frank joined Veeva in 2008 to build its professional services function. Prior, he spent eight years at where he began as one of the company's first consultants and went on to hold various product management and sales positions. Before joining, Frank worked at Dell and Trilogy Software, both in Austin, TX.

Frank graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics.

Frederic Lequient

Senior Vice President, Global Customer Services

As Senior Vice President of Global Customer Services for Veeva, Frederic is responsible for ensuring customer success globally, including product support and professional services.

He brings over 20 years’ experience in enterprise software and has been involved exclusively with cloud-based companies since 1999. He spent 13 years at Taleo Corporation, a leading software-as-a-service provider of human capital management solutions, where he held multiple senior leadership roles in its services and sales organizations. During his tenure, Taleo grew from zero revenue to approximately $325M in revenue and was eventually acquired by Oracle for approximately $2.1 billion.  

In addition to Taleo, Frederic held leadership positions at Oracle, FollowAnalytics and Pubmatic. He started his enterprise software career at Baan ERP software. Frederic holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Montreal – École Polytechnique.

James Brown

Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Content

James Brown is vice president and general manager of commercial content at Veeva Systems. Having graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Nottingham University in 1992, James spent 9 years at Merck & Co in sales and marketing roles before leaving in 2001 to start Zinc Ahead.

Under his guidance, Zinc Ahead’s flagship product, Zinc MAPS was implemented by the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies for promotional materials management, including medical/legal/regulatory review processes. The solution became established with more than 50,000 users in more than 160 countries, leading to the acquisition by Veeva in 2015.

Josh Faddis

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Josh manages and oversees all aspects of the legal function at Veeva, including commercial contracting, IP management, governance matters and compliance matters. He has over 14 years of experience in the legal field, including the last 11 years at Taleo Corporation, a leading software-as-a-service provider of human capital management solutions.

At Taleo, Josh was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and oversaw all aspects of the legal function through a period of growth from approximately $12M in revenue to approximately $325M in revenue. He was instrumental in the development of Taleo’s software-as-a-service business model, completion of the company's initial public offering in 2005, completion of nine acquisitions and Taleo’s eventual sale for approximately $2.1 billion.

Prior to joining Taleo, Josh conducted IP and business litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Justice Craig Enoch, Supreme Court of the State of Texas. Josh received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and his B.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Amanda Buckley

General Manager, Europe

As General Manager of Europe, Amanda is responsible for all field operations and strategy in the region.

Amanda began her career at PWC and has held executive positions at Peoplesoft, Misys and most recently at Temenos where she was Chief of Staff. Amanda has considerable experience in leading global sales, presales and operations team in the software industry.

Amanda holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Doug Etzel

General Manager - Japan, China, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America

As General Manager, Japan, China, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, Doug is responsible for all aspects of Veeva’s business across the region. Doug has spent 25 years in the IT industry, including 17 years living and working in Asia.

Before joining Veeva Systems, Doug spent 7 years at Netezza where he launched and grew the Asia business to over 150 customers. Doug is adept at helping customers in Asia understand and leverage leading global IT solutions.

Prior to his time at Netezza, Doug worked at Siebel Systems, NCR and several smaller start-ups. Doug received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Cindy Zhang

General Manager, China

As General Manager of China, Cindy is responsible for Veeva's operations in China. She brings over 13 years of experience in enterprise software industry.

Before joining Veeva, Cindy spent 12 years at Oracle where she held various management positions in product development and product management. She delivered enterprise software products, defined global product strategy, engaged with customers and partners around the world to facilitate solution implementations and supported marketing and sales in greater China.

Cindy graduated from Peking University, China, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University and a MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Takashi Okamura

General Manager, Japan

Tak Okamura, General Manager for Japan, has responsibility for all Veeva's Japanese operations including sales, marketing, professional services and customer support. He has an extensive experience in working in the Japanese and global IT industry for more than 18 years with more than half in the CRM vertical across various industries.

Most recently Tak was Vice President at SAP Japan responsible for Small-Medium Enterprise Business where he led his team to double-digit growth year after year. He was also a leader of SAP Japan's CRM Business since 2007.

Before joining SAP Japan, Tak held various management positions in major software companies including Country Manager at MicroStrategy Japan and Sales Director at Siebel Japan where he assisted major pharmaceutical companies in their CRM projects.

Tak started his career at NCR Japan (currently Teradata) as an expert of datawarehouse/CRM in early '90. During that period, Tak spent 2 years in London, UK, as the youngest international assignee with NCR Financial Group HQ.

Alex Paris

General Manager, Asia Pacific

As General Manager, Asia Pacific, Alex is responsible for all of Veeva’s operations in the region including sales, marketing and professional services. He has 18 years experience working in the Enterprise Software industry, with 10 years in senior leadership roles.

Prior to working at Veeva, Alex was the Big Data and Master Data Management Growth Market Unit Leader in IBM’s Software Group. Alex came to IBM as part of the acquisition of Initiate Systems, a leading Master Data Management solution provider. Alex’s role as the VP, Asia Pacific at Initiate saw him successfully build the business in the region from $0 to $15 million annual turnover in a 5 year period.

Prior to Initiate, Alex held a number of executive roles with the Content Management pioneer Vignette. Alex holds a BA Joint Honor’s in Politics and Philosophy from University of Wales, Swansea

Jacques Mourrain, PhD

Senior Director, Quality and Compliance

Jacques began his BioPharma career some 20 years ago developing control system applications for pharmaceutical freeze-drying. After a brief stint as a solo validation consultant, he joined Fluor Daniel, as the Director of Validation, where he was responsible for multiple projects in biopharmaceutical facility validation, including the qualification of clean utilities, process equipment, process automation, and enterprise information systems.

Right after Y2K, he joined Genentech to lead the Software Quality Assurance group within Medical Affairs. In 2002, Dr. Mourrain founded the GxP Computer System Compliance function at Genentech, a group responsible for IT compliance across the regulated landscape (GxPs). In this role he led multiple initiatives, including 21CFR Part 11 remediation and Oliver Wight Class A process optimization.

Jacques has extensive knowledge of software development best practices, validation principles, and quality systems used in an FDA/EMA regulated environment. He is an established thought leader in the area of computer systems compliance, validation, and auditing. He has presented at diverse venues such as DIA, ISPE and PDA conferences and has published on a range of topics from compliance auditing, change control, cost-of-quality, and computer systems validation.