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.

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.

CRISTINA RUBIO

Marketing Leader

Cristina has held positions as Finance Director at Impactiva since its founding in 2003.

Cristina was Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble Co. and Marketing Director of Perfumes Loewe, an LVMH subsidiary. 

Cristina has an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

REGIS VOGEL
Chief Technology Advisor

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.

VINAY CHANDRA 
Software Development Technology Leader

Vinay is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully founded and operated seven businesses in India, Germany and the US. He has over 25 years of operating experience in manufacturing, services and technology enterprises. 

Vinay holds degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Boston University and was a member of the speech recognition team at MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

ANDRIY ZAPISOTSKY

Operations Leader

Andriy has +20 years in building efficient teams and processes in Europe, India and South East Asia.

He worked for the largest Global FMCG companies British American Tobacco and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Andriy holds degrees in  Chemical Technology & Engineering, Master’s degree in Biotechnology and an  MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Amit Gupta
AMIT GUPTA
Pre-Sales Engineering
& Lean Transformation Leader

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.

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.

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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