Pramata Leadership

Pramata is led by a team of enterprise technology experts that share a common goal of changing the way companies think about and act on the customer information buried in their customer contracts.

Ryan Keating Advisor

Ryan Keating has advised and worked with more than 120 early stage venture capital-seeking and venture-backed companies, several as the interim CFO. Ryan possesses an extensive financial and management consulting background from more than 20 years with venture backed companies and large technology and management consulting firms including Microsoft, Salomon Smith Barney and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He attended Boston University, School of Management and holds a degree in Finance and Information Systems.

Over his years as a consulting CFO, Ryan has developed specific skills and knowledge in areas including SaaS accounting, marketing/big data, clean tech, solar, consumer electronics, business modeling, FP&A and fundraising.

Praful Saklani co-founder, and CEO

Praful Saklani has deep expertise in the artificial intelligence technologies core to Pramata, and experience in delivering enterprise process solutions to large corporate customers.  Prior to co-founding Pramata, he founded and served as CEO of Yatra Corporation, which leveraged artificial intelligence and Internet technologies to optimize travel management processes.  Previously, he was co-founder and managing partner of consulting firm, Invotech Systems, and a key executive of Waterhealth International, a social start up focused on bringing affordable drinking water purification solutions to developing countries. He graduated from Swarthmore College, where he received High Honors in economics and political science.

Praful Saklani Co-Founder and CEO

Praful Saklani has deep expertise in the artificial intelligence technologies core to Pramata, and experience in delivering enterprise process solutions to large corporate customers.  Prior to co-founding Pramata, he founded and served as CEO of Yatra Corporation, which leveraged artificial intelligence and Internet technologies to optimize travel management processes.  Previously, he was co-founder and managing partner of consulting firm, Invotech Systems, and a key executive of Waterhealth International, a social start up focused on bringing affordable drinking water purification solutions to developing countries. He graduated from Swarthmore College, where he received High Honors in economics and political science.

Brice Elliott Chief Revenue Officer

Brice Elliott is a seasoned sales leader with 36 years of experience bringing transformational technologies to market. After a distinguished career at Xerox Corporation, he moved into the software industry in 1988 where he wrote his own sales and CRM tool to help him manage a 17 state territory for Sherpa Corporation. Brice has held senior executive roles with software companies such as ASK/Ingres, i2 Technologies, PeopleSoft and Endeca Technologies. His focus has always been on customer success, leveraging value based approaches to insure customers receive maximum business value for their technology investments. Brice will lead our overall go-to-market strategy, sales and strategic partnerships. He received his degree in Marketing from Millikin University.

Caroline Japic Chief Marketing Officer

Caroline Japic joined Pramata in 2016 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is responsible for determining the strategic direction for Pramata’s marketing initiatives. She has a long history of leading high-impact marketing teams and helping companies establish their brands in the marketplace. Previously, she led marketing at Tidemark and Bunchball and held senior marketing roles at Polycom, Hyperion, and Tibco. Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a B.A. in public relations and an MBA in marketing management from Santa Clara University.

Larry Cheng Director

Larry Cheng is a Managing Partner for Volition Capital, focusing on investment opportunities in Internet applications, information services and software. In addition to Pramata, he currently serves on the boards of Chewy.com, Cortera, Ensighten, and GlobalTranz.  He also was on the Board of mindSHIFT Technologies (acquired by BestBuy), Stylesight (acquired by Top Right Group), and Prosper Marketplace.

Prior to helping found Volition Capital in 2010, Larry was a partner at Fidelity Ventures, where he led their investment in Verid (acquired by EMC).  From 2000 to 2005 Larry was a senior associate at Battery Ventures where he was actively involved in OpenNetwork Technologies (acquired by BMC Software), Ximian (acquired by Novell), and Ruckus Network (acquired by TotalMusic).  From 1998 to 2000, he was an associate for Bessemer Venture Partners where he focused on software investments. Prior to Bessemer, Larry was an associate consultant at Corporate Decisions Inc.

Larry earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard College.  He is also on the Harvard University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Overseers, and Wycliffe Bible Translators Board of Directors.

Pedram Abrari Chief Technology Officer

Pedram Abrari is a top technology leader and Silicon Valley veteran with 20+ years of experience in enterprise, cloud, and mobile computing. He joined Pramata from Tidemark, an Enterprise Performance Management company where he served as the VP of Engineering. Previously, Pedram served as CTO & co-founder of Corticon Technologies, an Enterprise Decision Management company. Previously, Pedram joined forces with rock legend Neil Young to help revolutionize the digital music industry. He launched PonoMusic’s Kickstarter campaign, at the time the third most successful crowdfunding campaign in history raising over $6M from 18K backers. With the proceeds, he built a high-resolution music ecosystem on the Salesforce platform including a first-of-its-kind social music store. Pedram started his career in aerospace, developing support systems for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, followed by successful stints at Kaiser Permanente, PeopleMover, Western Asset, and most recently Tidemark. As a seasoned technology leader with proven success in enterprise software companies, Pedram is poised to lead Pramata to the next level in its growth. Pedram has a B.S. in Computer Science from UCLA and an M.S. in Computer Science from USC.

Justin Schweisberger Chief Product Officer

Justin Schweisberger joined Pramata in 2008, playing a key role in the evolution of the Pramata’s product innovation. While at Pramata, he’s held a variety of leadership roles on the product, solution consulting, marketing, and operations teams. He has extensive experience guiding large implementations projects in support of retention, post-merger integration, contract risk assessment and business process initiatives. Previously, he was a project manager at the Hush Blackwell law firm, managing due diligence activities around merger and acquisition activities, including Hindalco’s $6 billion acquisition of Novelis. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in psychology.

Lloyd Alexander Vice President, Strategic Solutions

Lloyd brings twenty years of Contract Management domain expertise to Pramata, most recently with Seal Software where he was Vice President, Contract Strategy, responsible for developing Seal’s Go-to-Market strategy and corporate messaging direction, with a primary focus on sales execution and enablement. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at IBM, including Practice Executive, Enterprise Contract Management, where he worked closely with Fortune 500 companies to replace high-risk, manually-intensive contract management processes with proven, scalable technology that delivered complete risk oversight and revenue/cost optimization while streamlining the end-to-end process. Lloyd holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and a B.A. from Williams College.

David Munn General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

David Munn has an extensive working knowledge of the challenges associated with managing complex enterprise customer contracts. Prior to joining Pramata, he led legal department initiatives focused on improving contracts processes and technologies for business intelligence and enterprise decision management software company FICO. Previously, he was General Counsel of building products manufacturer Pella Corporation.  He is an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM). He is a graduate of Yale Law School and has a degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.

Sylvia Menezes Head of India Operations

Sylvia Menezes, who joined Pramata in 2007, is a core team member of the Customer Operations Group, working closely with the engineering and customer operations group to develop and refine data extraction and review processes.  An attorney by training, she has deep insight into customer requirements and how contractual information can be used to greatest value, and is focused on building repeatable processes that ensure accuracy, completeness and contribute to customer satisfaction.  Previously, she worked with Fidelity Investments and Xcitecorp Private Limited.  She received Bachelor of Academic Law and Bachelor of Law degrees from Mangalore University.

GP Ravikumar Director of India Operations

GP Ravikumar has served as Pramata’s Director of India Operations since 2008, working to deliver the Pramata Customer Intelligence Solution.  Previously, he was Head of Operations at finEye Software, India Program Manager at Sun Microsystems, COO at Bangalore Technological Innovations and COO and Vice President of Operations for Srujana Technology (now Globaledge Software).   He is keenly interested in education, having co-founded and managed a residential school near Bangalore.  He holds an M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a M.Sc. in statistics from Bangalore University.

Steven J. Morgenthal Director

Steven Morgenthal is a Managing Director for Argosy Capital and has led their Operating Partner Program since 2007.  He is responsible for evaluating potential investments, performing due diligence, and working with portfolio companies to grow shareholder value through improved strategic planning and operational effectiveness. Prior to joining Argosy, he was a venture partner with SCP Private Equity Partners and was CEO and a board member for several of SCP’s portfolio companies. Prior to his involvement with SCP, he was a senior executive at a number of private and public companies, including Unified Systems Solutions, a diversified information technology firm that he co-founded, and successfully sold to a strategic acquirer. He earned a BS from Pace University and an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Raul Vejar Advisor

Raul Vejar is an advisor with extensive experience in enterprise software. Since 2010, he has been an advisor to several companies in the tech sector. Previously he held senior leadership positions with SAP, including as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Chief Operating Officer of SAP’s Business Objects Division, and President of SAP Latin America. As EVP and COO of SAP, he oversaw the integration of Business Objects following its acquisition by the company. Previously, he managed information systems for Novum Corporation in Mexico City.

Klaus Besier Advisor

Klaus Besier is an international business executive with more than 35 years of experience leading both public and private growth companies through critical stages of development. He currently advises the Pramata leadership team on business strategy, sales strategies and other key matters, and was previously CEO of Pramata as he led the company while it established its overall strategy and built a foundation for future rapid growth. He was also CEO of Real Enterprise Solutions Development BV (RES Software) from 2010 to 2014, overseeing organic growth that more than tripled the company’s revenues. And, as CEO and President of Neoware, Inc., he led the profitable company through an acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 with a total transaction value of more than $300 million. He has been CEO of Firepond, Inc., which he took public in one of the most successful IPOs of 2000. As CEO of SAP America, he oversaw a period of explosive growth as the company rapidly established its leadership in enterprise software in the Americas. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance from the University of Economics in Berlin.

Patrick D. Quirk Director

Patrick D. Quirk is a proven software leader with more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software, research and development, marketing and sales, and global operations. As the CEO of Emptoris, Quirk helped the company win and grow more than 200% in 2.5 years. He was responsible for an organization of 750+ global professionals and oversaw the acquisition by IBM. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President for worldwide sales at GoldenGate Software leading the company to record growth which resulted in its acquisition by Oracle in 2009. Patrick has served as General Manager & Group Vice President of PeopleSoft’s Enterprise Supply Chain Management division. While at PeopleSoft, he led the $1.7 billion acquisition of JD Edwards – the largest software acquisition in ERP history at that time. He also served on the board of Plex Systems for 5 years and helped negotiate its sale to Francisco Partners. Patrick Quirk holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.