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Management Team

Oni Chukwu

CEO & President
Oni was appointed Aventri’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2013 and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He is responsible for the company’s vision, global strategy and day-to-day operations. In this role, he has been leading the critical transformation and emergence of the company as a foremost global leader in the enterprise Event Management Software industry. His focus is on accelerating the company’s leading market position and global growth.

Through strong organic growth, international expansion, a customer-first market approach, as well as product focused M&A strategy, Oni has led a redefinition of this large, burgeoning market and built a formidable roster of global marquee customers and partners.

Oni is a veteran executive and technology investor in the enterprise software industry. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Triple Point Technology, the global leader for in-cloud commodities management software. At Triple Point, Oni was instrumental in implementing and shepherding the company’s record software industry-leading revenue and earnings growth over seven consecutive high-growth years. At Triple Point he led and successfully integrated eight cross-border acquisitions and grew the company to 16 global offices, 450 marquee corporate customers on six continents, as well as to over seven consecutive INC 500 awards. In the summer of 2013 he completed the successful sale of Triple Point to ION, in one of the largest enterprise software deals of the year.

Prior to Triple Point, Oni served as Executive Vice President and CFO for Netkey Technology, Inc. (acquired by NEC) and Healthcare Software Synergies (acquired by United Healthcare).

Oni is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and technology industry topics at several business forums, including the annual World Entrepreneurship Summit (WES), the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and global event industry conferences.

Oni serves on the boards of Exago BI, Phlatbe, as well as the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC). He is a Board member and Trustee of The University of New Haven and on the board of DOMUS (a not-for-profit entity in education for at-risk youth).

Through his private family philanthropy, AfricaPlan Foundation, Oni actively supports women’s issues and underprivileged youth globally in the areas of education, healthcare, and leadership and entrepreneurship development for young, budding entrepreneurs.

Oni holds an MBA and honorary Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.

Michael Burns

Chief Revenue Officer
Michael joined Aventri in June of 2018 and is Aventri's Chief Revenue Officer. Michael’s focus in this role is on aligning and driving the go-to-market strategy of the business with the overall goal of providing the best possible experience for our customers. He has developed and scaled sales and marketing teams for companies such as RELX, marcus evans and Madison Logic and brings nearly 20 years of executive-level experience in the SaaS, Martech and events industries. Michael is a life-long New Yorker and received his undergraduate degree in History from NYU, and attended Brooklyn College to pursue graduate studies in American History.

Matthew Fish

Chief Financial Officer
Matthew joined Aventri in January 2015 as Chief Financial Officer focused on leading and aligning the finance function to be in lock-step with the needs of the business. He oversees all aspects of financial activities including financial planning and reporting, investor relations, taxes, treasury and risk management. With 20 years of experience in the technology, financial services and business consulting industries, Matthew most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for TuneSat, a leading SaaS technology company that revolutionizes the way music copyrights are identified, reported and monetized. Prior to TuneSat, he served as the CFO for JP Morgan Equities Technology and Head of North American Finance & Business Management for Deutsche Bank Private Bank. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the University of Albany, SUNY.

Karin Wichman

VP, Legal Affairs
Karin joined Aventri in May 2017 as the company’s first in-house attorney, coordinating legal activities across all departments. Integrating legal requirements with practical business goals, Karin’s responsibilities include client and vendor contracting, employment matters, regulatory compliance, strategic partnerships, and merger & acquisition activity. Karin began her legal career 20 years ago, at Silicon Valley law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. She has been in-house counsel at several NYC-based fintech companies, serving as General Counsel at Creditex Group until its acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange/NYSE, and as Chief Legal Officer at TrueEX Group. Prior to Aventri, Karin was General Counsel for Skystream Markets, a provider of financial technology to the renewable energy markets. Karin earned her J.D. at NYU School of Law, and holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Williams College.

Shane Edmonds

Chief Technology Officer
Shane joined Aventri in April 2014 as the Chief Technology Officer focused on executing Aventri’s technology vision. His responsibilities include managing the engineering, QA, and product teams to deliver on the Aventri’s product roadmap. As a forward-looking technologist, he plays a prominent role in guiding the long-term product vision. With 20 years of entrepreneurial software engineering and management background, he most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of Motionsoft, a venture-backed leading provider of CRM, member management, payment processing and billing software solutions. He was recognized in 2012 as one of the top Washington area CIO/CTO by SmartCEO Magazine. Shane holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering & Applied Science from Arizona State University.

Julian Ward

Chief Client Officer
Julian joined Aventri in November 2008 to create and build the global support team for the Aventri platform. In September 2013 he was appointed Chief Client Officer – responsible for the support, implementation, professional services and ongoing client relations globally. Julian has become an expert in the customer service and technology space having held a variety of positions. Prior to Aventri, Julian headed up the regional internal support initiatives and global deployments at Gartner Inc. – creating best practices and user acceptance for several Fortune 100 companies. He was also the Event Director for info’ Products UK , a startup that produced and ran high-level hosted buyer events in financial, healthcare and datacenter technologies space. Julian holds a Diploma in Computer Science from South East Essex College of Arts and Technology (SEECAT).

Joe Plastina

Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Development
Joe joined Aventri in July 2017 as the Vice President of Corporate Development focused on sourcing and executing acquisitions. His responsibilities include the structuring of pre-acquisition due diligence, comprehensive monitoring of critical post-acquisition deliverables and the integration required to ensure a 100% success rate of the transactions. He also plays a central role in building and maintaining long term strategy and ensuring that the strategic rationale for initiatives and acquisitions is sound. With over 15 years of experience in technology, operations, business and corporate development, Joe most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Broadridge, a global fintech leader. With a long track record of quantifiable success in corporate development, strategy and operations, he also held corporate development positions at Triple Point Technology, Misys and served as managing director at Bridge Loan Network. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Cooper Union and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.

Alan Ivory

Vice President, Professional Services
Alan joined Aventri as the Vice President and General Manager for the Asia Pacific region in February 2013 when Aventri acquired the long-time regional partner. In January 2015, Alan was appointed Vice President of Professional Services – overseeing this function globally, he will work with various teams to procure and deliver on-boarding, implementation, training and other paid services requested by customers. Alan brings his experience and knowledge of over 20 years within the corporate, association and government meetings and event space. Prior to joining Aventri, he owned and operated an event management company for 15 years in Asia Pacific, where he produced high profile special events and road shows. Alan’s strength is his ability to assemble, motivate and manage exceptional customers and teams. Alan holds an undergrad degree from the Auckland University of Technology.

Ivan Lazarev

Group Head, Experiential Solutions
Ivan joined Aventri in October 2018 and is the Group Head of Experiential Solutions. He leads Aventri’s global strategy around onsite services and technology while managing the team members who work on onsite services for client events. Ivan joined Aventri after the acquisition of ITN International where he was the CEO. Ivan has held key positions in the event data management industry since 1986. In 1999, Ivan co-founded ITN International. He is a game changer in both the event and technology industries. In 2012, Trade Show Executive nominated him as one of the event industry’s four most innovative people. Ivan has a Master of Mechanical Engineering from L’ école des Arts et Métiers in Paris and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Karen Herckis

Vice President, People
Karen joined Aventri in June 2019 as the Vice President of People. In her role, Karen oversees Aventri’s Global HR, Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development Teams. Prior to Aventri, Karen was at Epiq, a global provider of technology-enabled solutions to the legal market, where she last served as Senior Director, Human Resources. Prior to Epiq, Karen held marketing roles at Pitney Bowes. Karen received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

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