Executive team

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Nina Vellayan

President & CEO

Nina Vellayan

President & CEO

With over 25 years of experience, Nina has a successful background with private and public companies, large and small companies, enterprise SaaS, and building high-performance management teams. Nina has a unique entrepreneurial leadership style that has repeatedly shown measurable results due to her effective planning, organizational, and communication skills, as well as her solution-oriented approach to problem-solving. Prior to joining the team at Xeeva, Nina was an investor and acting CEO of Stewardship Technology, Inc. She has also held multiple senior-level executive and investor positions within financial, payments, and software technology organizations, including CEO of FrontStream Payments, Inc., COO of Official Payments, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPAY), and a divisional President at Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM).

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Fatih Arslan

Chief Financial Officer

Fatih Arslan

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Fatih Arslan oversees all finance and accounting activities, including financial planning, strategic analysis, forecasting, and financial reporting. Mr. Arslan has nearly two decades of experience in both public and private companies, ranging from startups to global multi-billion-dollar organizations. He has built a reputation by providing guidance in process improvement, process design, systems implementation, and change management initiatives involving finance, purchasing, and operations. His experience also includes merger and acquisition activities, strategy development, and business planning. Fatih has served in an executive capacity for multiple technology companies and held progressive roles ranging from Program Manager, Controller, Global Controller, VP of Finance, COO, and CFO. He has an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

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Steve Griffiths

Chief Strategy Officer

Steve Griffiths

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Steve works closely with our advanced analytics, product, and delivery teams, bringing over 40 years of domain expertise in procurement and strategy. A former Partner at both A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton, he led the advancement of their Sourcing and Operations practices. He has also started and run multiple procurement businesses, including one of the largest buying consortia, an integrated supply business, a net market, and low-cost country sourcing business in Europe and in Asia. He brings deep experience across a wide range of industries, including Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Retail, Consumer Goods, Health Care Products, and Utilities. Steve has an MBA from Harvard University, a Masters in Operations Research from University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Uli Muench

VP of Professional Services

Uli Muench

VP of Professional Services

Uli Muench serves as Vice President, Professional Services at Xeeva. Over the past two decades, Uli has held leadership positions at various consulting and technology companies in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has an extensive record of advising clients on their technology and business transformation initiatives. Uli holds an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany. He is an avid cyclist and runner. He lives in the greater Philadelphia region.

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Sumit Sakalle

VP of Engineering

Sumit Sakalle

VP of Engineering

Sumit is responsible for leading Xeeva’s engineering and technology. He has 22 years of experience in building and managing small and large globally distributed engineering teams and is a technology leader with deep experience of scalable enterprise SaaS software. Sumit has a very strong background in the delivery of the product, services, and solutions in multiple domains including supply chain, banking, finance, and automotive. Prior to Xeeva, Sumit was the Director of Technical Program Management at Netlink.

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Mike Hoard

VP of Product Marketing & Sales Enablement

Mike Hoard

VP of Product Marketing & Sales Enablement

As VP of Product Marketing and Sales Enablement, Michael leads Xeeva’s product marketing and sales enablement strategy. Michael brings over 20 years of global experience in Management, Sales & Marketing Strategy, and Marketing Operations to the organization and has built and scaled strong, high-performing marketing teams in numerous industries with great success. Michael is an expert at accelerating business growth through effective leveraging of technology and data to minimize the gap between marketing strategy and execution. His deep knowledge of the customer journey enables him to drive demand, improve lead conversion activities, and effectively scale revenue. Michael is an creative design thinker, a polished professional with global experience, and a self-directed, solution-based, and data-driven entrepreneurial leader with an innovative mindset poised to help achieve clarity of focus to drive a desired end-result.

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Robert Anson

Chief Product Officer

Robert Anson

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Bob is responsible for Xeeva’s overall product strategy, portfolio, roadmap, and standards. He brings deep domain knowledge across the procurement and supply chain industry with over 25 years of product and growth management role experience in startups and larger companies. Bob is committed to customer-centric solutions that provide a growing value journey and result in lasting customer relationships. He leads by leveraging the diverse and distributed talents of a global team to ensure Xeeva’s products enable customer success for today and where customers will need to be in the future. Prior to Xeeva, Bob held key leadership positions at JDA, i2, Aspect Development in the spend-to-pay space, with Design Automation & PLM experience at Computervision, built upon a Computer Science (Edinburgh) background. He isn’t planning to move out of California.

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Aparna Gude

VP of Products

Aparna Gude

VP of Products

As Vice President of Products at Xeeva, Aparna manages Xeeva’s product portfolio strategy & roadmap for Data Application, Spend Analytics, and the XVA Platform. With over 20 years of experience working in and managing globally distributed teams, she is a leader with deep experience building scalable SaaS solutions with a focus on digital transformation using analytics-based solutions. Her success is in leveraging and enabling technologies and automated processes to bring differentiated solutions to market with an emphasis on building exceptional end-to-end user experiences and integrated solutions. She champions client experience while effectively managing commercialization. Prior to joining Xeeva, Aparna has worked in integrated payments, communications, public and private sector, and most recently as Director of Integrated Payments at Paya. She holds an MBA from American University as well as an MS in Anthropology from Syracuse University.

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Christopher Hudson

Global Director, People & Culture

Christopher Hudson

Global Director, People & Culture

As the global head of People & Culture, Christopher works to ensure a people-focused approach across the operations, with a focus on acquiring new talent, developing organizational leaders, and guiding human behaviors that support Xeeva’s mission and values. With 20 years of both strategic and tactical experience in talent management programming, he believes a world-class culture to be the driving force behind business success. He has led people and culture initiatives in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Malaysia. Christopher is certified through the Society for Human Resource Management in the United States and through the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Old Dominion University and a post-graduate degree in Arts in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland. Christopher lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, enjoys traveling in his RV, and owns a small crafting business.