Global Leadership

Frank Defesche
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Frank Defesche

Senior Vice President and General Manager

As senior vice president and general manager at Veeva, Frank is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and customer success of Veeva's regulatory, quality, and claims solutions for industries such as consumer goods, cosmetics, and chemicals.

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 salesforce.com where he began as one of the company's first consultants and went on to hold various product management and sales positions. Before joining salesforce.com, Frank worked at Dell and Trilogy Software.

Frank graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Derek Wagland
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Derek Wagland

Vice President, Products

As the vice president of products, Derek is responsible for application product strategy and development for Veeva's regulatory, quality, and claims solutions for industries such as consumer goods, cosmetics, and chemicals.

Derek brings to the team over 15 years of experience building high performance teams and enterprise software working across CRM, financial services and global hospitality industries.

Derek holds a bachelor of science honors degree in computer science from McMaster University.

Ed Van Siclen
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Ed Van Siclen

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

Ed brings significant experience helping businesses gain traction and drive growth within new markets by focusing on customer success.

Prior to joining Veeva, Ed led sales, marketing and business development functions at ClearCare, a vertical SaaS company servicing the home care market. At ClearCare, Ed managed the end-to-end business development processes from demand generation to contract close.

Ed has also held sales leadership roles at several technology companies, including Legato Systems, Tivoli Systems, BEA, Adobe, and Salesforce.

Greg Harbin
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Greg Harbin

Vice President, North America Sales

As vice president of sales for North America, Greg is responsible for managing global sales efforts and building strategic relationships with leading companies across multiple verticals.

Greg is an experienced executive who has spent over 15 years in enterprise software sales, most of which focused on mobile multi-tenant cloud based technologies. Before assuming his current role, Greg spent four years managing some of Veeva’s most strategic global client relationships.

Prior to Veeva, Greg spent over a decade managing strategic accounts at Salesforce and Skura Corporation. Greg has a unique ability to build successful long-term client relationships.

Jennifer Bentley
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Jennifer Bentley

Vice President, Marketing

As vice president of marketing, Jennifer is responsible for building and executing an integrated marketing strategy to generate awareness, interest and demand for Veeva's regulatory, quality, and claims solutions for industries such as consumer goods, cosmetics, and chemicals.

Jennifer is a metrics-driven marketing executive with more than two decades of experience in B2B enterprise software marketing across multiple geographies, industries, and market segments.

Jennifer is a graduate of Mount Allison University and also completed a post-graduate program in public relations and communications at Humber's School of Media Studies and Information Technology.

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Hogan Hagy

Vice President, North America Professional Services

As the vice president of professional services for North America, Hogan is responsible for customer success associated to Veeva's regulatory, quality, and claims solutions for industries such as consumer goods, cosmetics, and chemicals.

Hogan brings dynamic experience building top-tier delivery teams within various Salesforce.com startups to formal consultancy working across financial services, public safety, and defense contracting industries.

Hogan holds a bachelor of computer science and master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Romain Marcel
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Romain Marcel

General Manager, Europe

As General Manager in Europe, Romain is responsible for all field operations and strategy in the region around Veeva's regulatory, quality, and claims solutions for industries such as consumer goods, cosmetics, and chemicals. He brings 15 years of technology experience.

Romain began his career at Business & Decision and then got into the software industry at Pivotal. After managing sales at Euris, he joined Veeva as the first French employee and held several sales management positions.

Romain holds a degree in Computer Science from EFREI and a masters degree in Business and Management from University of Mary (USA).

Bruce Beilfuss
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Bruce Beilfuss

Vice President, Strategy, Consumer Goods

As Vice President of strategy for the consumer goods industry, Bruce is responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy across quality, regulatory, and claims solutions, as well as providing market insights on new and evolving capabilities, and ultimately ensuring customer success.

Bruce has a passion for sharing new ideas and turning them into tangible value. Prior to joining Veeva, Bruce developed and managed partnerships between SC Johnson's IT and global new product development, marketing, and sales leadership teams for the purpose of strategy and roadmap development, process and technology implementation, and service management. 

Prior to S.C. Johnson, Bruce served as a member of Accenture's consumer goods and services North America leadership team where he was accountable for developing and delivering global client initiatives, leading domain offerings and partnerships, and was a frequent speaker at Accenture's consumer innovation center.

Sophia Finn
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Sophia Finn

Director, Strategy, QualityOne

As director of strategy for QualityOne, Sophia is the team’s resident quality subject matter expert and is responsible for developing thought leadership content, industry influence strategies, and sales and marketing collateral to drive brand awareness and product adoption. Sophia brings to the team over 10 years of direct quality experience in regulated industries.

She began her career with the FDA working in CBER’s vaccine lot release program and later moved to the FDA’s office of regulatory affairs as a regulatory microbiologist. Additionally, Sophia has managed CAPA, complaints, audit, and deviation programs in the medical device industry.

Sophia has a master of science in bioscience in regulatory affairs from Johns Hopkins University and is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor.

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John Cooper

Director, Strategy, Veeva Claims

As director of strategy at Veeva, John is responsible for overall strategic direction for the Veeva Claims application. This includes product roadmap prioritization, industry thought leadership, and strategies and tactics to drive awareness and interest within targeted verticals. John acts as the subject matter expert around claims and works closely with the sales team on new and existing accounts.

John has over 15 years of experience in senior marketing roles across a variety of industries, including consumer products, healthcare, and health insurance. As associate director of marketing at The Clorox Company, John worked extensively in regulated categories, and led teams responsible for brand strategy and marketing, innovation, and channel marketing.

John hold an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Harvard University.
Jodi Foucher
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Jodi Foucher

Director, Strategy, Regulatory

Jodi brings our team over 20 years of direct regulatory affairs experience across the consumer goods, chemicals, and cosmetics industries. As director of strategy for regulatory, Jodi represents the voice of the user for Veeva's regulatory product team, as well as being responsible for developing thought leadership content and industry influence strategies to drive brand awareness and product adoption. Jodi also leverages her long-standing relationships with regulatory agencies, regulators, testing labs, and consultants to ensure that our regulatory products and customers are keeping pace with the latest industry best practices.

Prior to joining Veeva, Jodi spent her career in regulatory affairs, from managing established teams of regulatory affairs specialists, toxicologists, and environmental scientists at Clorox, to building the regulatory affairs departments at Bare Minerals and Yes To Naturals cosmetic and personal care companies.

Jodi has a bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University.
Peter Gassner
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Peter Gassner

Founder, CEO

Peter is responsible for the overall direction and management of Veeva. Peter is a 20-year veteran of the software industry.

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

Before salesforce.com, 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, Guidewire Software, and Zoom Video Communications.

Peter holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Oregon State University.

Jacques Mourrain, PhD
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Jacques Mourrain, PhD

Senior Director, Quality and Compliance

Jacques Mourrain is senior director of quality and compliance at Veeva – bringing 20 years of experience in regulated industries and deep knowledge of software development best practices, validation principles, and quality systems. He began his career developing control system applications for pharmaceutical freeze-drying, followed by a tenure as director of validation at Fluor Daniel. In this role, he was responsible for multiple quality projects – including the qualification of clean utilities, process equipment, process automation, and enterprise information systems.

In 2000, he joined Genentech, where he led multiple initiatives in software quality assurance. In 2002, he founded the company’s GxP computer system compliance function – a group responsible for IT compliance across the regulated landscape (GxPs) – and drove key compliance projects, such as 21CFR Part 11 remediation and Oliver Wight Class A process optimization.

An established thought leader in the area of computer systems compliance, validation, and auditing, Jacques has presented at industry conferences including DIA, ISPE, and PDA. He has published on a range of topics spanning compliance auditing, change control, cost-of-quality, and computer systems validation.