Leadership

Collectively, our executive leadership team has over 250 years of knowledge in the apparel and footwear industry, combined with expertise in factory process optimization and the technology sector.

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JOSE R. SUAREZ

Founder & CEO

JOSE R. SUAREZ

Founder & CEO

 

CEO & Founder of Impactiva and Vaēso established in 2003 and 2018, respectively.

Impactiva and Vaēso service the apparel and footwear industry. Impactiva provides best-in-class quality control solutions and Vaēso is a digital manufacturing platform.

In 1999, Jose founded leatherXchange, a global marketplace for the world of hides and leather.

Jose has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

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REGIS VOGEL

Chief Technology Advisor

REGIS VOGEL

Founder & CEO

 

Regis Vogel has served since 1999 as an IT leader in the footwear and apparel B2B industrial enterprise SaaS space in positions such as CTO, Chief Architect, Head of Software Development and Chief R&D Officer.

Since 2009, he is Sr. Technology Director responsible for University of Michigan’s alumni direct donation platforms.

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HEMANTH KURAMKOTE

IT Delivery Leader

Hemanth Kuramkote

IT Delivery Leader

 

Hemanth is a seasoned PMP® certified IT professional with 18+ years of commendable success in, Program Management, Project Management, Application Development, Quality Implementation, Application support & Maintenance.

He was instrumental in multiple large e-commerce implementations on SAP HYBRIS platform with his customer-centric and systems-driven approach to designing and delivery. He has successfully managed large engagements for world class clients like BT, Vodafone, Express Scripts, Albertsons, Walmart, BNYM and many more who are leading businesses in Retail-CPG, Healthcare, BFSI, Telecom and Energy & utilities domains. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering specialized in Computer Science from VTU.

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BILL BLAY

Technical Product Manager

BILL BLAY

Technical Product Manager

 

Bill has +38 years of experience developing strategic retail sourcing models that align with the need for increased speed to market.

In the 1990’s, Bill and his team made significant changes to a Canadian footwear factory successfully competing with lower cost China sourced production by building processes that more than quadrupled China’s productivity today.

Bill transformed Caleres’ 48 million pair footwear quality from +10% of defective units to < 2%.

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MAMATHA NAGANNA

Business Analyst Leader

MAMATHA NAGANNA

Business Analyst Leader

 

Mamatha has over +20 years of experience in all areas of the software development process collaborating with product owners, operations & IT infrastructure teams.

She implemented Vendor Mgmt. for Sainsbury’s UK and was part of the team to Implement VoIP in New York.

Moreover, Mamatha developed Test Automation Solutions for Argus Health Systems, Kansas and worked on various other Retail Platforms & Structural Steel Domain Product implementations.

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SHAHABUDIN IQBAL AHMED

Software Development

SHAHABUDIN IQBAL AHMED

Software Development Continuous Improvement Leader

 

Continuous Improvement Engineer with 12 years of professional experience in Lean Six Sigma Implementation and Manufacturing Operational Excellence.

Shahab has successfully implemented over 150 Kaizen events & helped more than nine enterprises in Apparel, Footwear & IT Software throughout Asia & Africa improve their productivity, quality & efficiency.

Shahab holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Technology from Anna University as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Varsigma (2020) and a Crest Com certified Bullet Proof Manager.

Amit Gupta

AMIT GUPTA

Chief Delivery Officer

AMIT GUPTA

Chief Delivery Officer

 

Amit has +16 years of experience transforming supply and demand chains, working with USD multi-billion groups like Aditya Birla Group and has experience in Apparel retail and manufacturing.

He has held GM and Leadership positions responsible for Global Sales, Operations, Support Services and P&L for multinational organizations.

Amit has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors in Mechanical Engineering and a PGD-Technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India.

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SANDEEP YADAV

Learning & Customer Success Leader

SANDEEP YADAV

Learning & Customer Success Leader

 

Since 2005, Sandeep has successfully managed customer care, learning and process analysis departments significantly impacting the level of performance of the hundred of team members under his tutelage.

Sandeep has a Diploma in Leather Technology, a Bachelor’s in Communications and post-graduate studies in Instructional Design.

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RENAUD CLAUSSE

Finance Leader

RENAUD CLAUSSE

Finance Leader

 

Renaud has more than 18 years of experience in corporate finance working for multinationals as well as entrepreneurial companies. He has performed internal audits in +45 countries for BV and lived and led teams in France, UK, Singapore, Australia and China.

Mr. Clausse holds a Master in Accounting & Finance from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne and an EMBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

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