Leadership

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.

Avril England
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Avril England

General Manager, Veeva Vault

As general manager of Veeva Vault, Avril is responsible for the Vault Platform and application product strategy, leading both product management and engineering. Avril brings over 20 years of experience in building and scaling product teams, with the last 10 years at market-leading SaaS companies. Avril was a key contributor in two successful IPOs and an instrumental part of world-class organizations including Oracle's PeopleSoft, Cisco's WebEx, and IBM's DemandTec. Avril holds a bachelor of commerce honors degree from Queen's University and numerous professional and academic awards.