Michael Farlekas joined E2open in 2015 as CEO. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s overall operations, with direct oversight of sales, marketing, professional services, research and development, and strategy. Michael brings to E2open more than 20 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience in supply chain management and enterprise software.
Prior to joining E2open, Michael was the VP and General Manager at Roadnet Technologies (now Omnitracs), the leading provider of last-mile routing and mobility solutions to Fortune® 50 clients. Previously, Michael spent 11 years at RedPrairie (now JDA Software) in roles that included SVP and General Manager, Industrial Business Unit, and VP, Industrial Sales. He also has held senior leadership roles at GATX Terminal Corp (now Kinder Morgan), an operator of petroleum and chemical distribution terminals worldwide, and CSX Transportation, a rail transportation provider offering comprehensive supply chain services.
Michael holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jarett Janik joined E2open in 2018 as CFO. In this role, he leads E2open’s finance, IT, acquisition and business integration functions. Jarett brings to E2open more than 24 years of progressive senior leadership experience building dynamic global teams and transforming performance and process across finance and other areas to attain business objectives and foster profitable growth.
Prior to joining E2open, Jarett was CFO at Forterro, a group of European software companies delivering enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, and Allegro, a provider of enterprise risk management and trading solutions for the energy industry. He also held executive and senior finance positions at Infor, Certegy and Netzee, Inc.
Jarett holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from University of Denver as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and tourism management from University of Denver.
Laura L. Fese
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Laura L. Fese, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Laura Fese joined E2open in 2017 as Executive Vice President & General Counsel. Now Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, she is responsible for managing the global legal affairs of the company. Laura brings over 20 years’ experience in providing international corporate and transactional legal support to fast-growing technology companies and has served as chief legal counsel for significant supply chain and enterprise software service providers, including Catalyst International (now Aptean), RedPrairie (now JDA Software) and Iptor Supply Chain Systems.
Laura holds a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin State Bars.
Peter Hantman joined E2open in 2011 as VP and General Manager, leading sales and customer relationships in North America. He later became SVP, Customer Solutions where he led the company’s global Professional Services, Global Support, Customer Success and Cloud Data Center operations. Most recently Peter served as CFO, leading the company’s finance and acquisition integration functions. In his current role as COO & EVP, Global Business Units, Peter oversees E2open’s strategic business units.
Prior to taking a position at E2open, Peter served as SVP of Global Service Delivery at IQNavigator, Inc., a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leader in contingent workforce and services spend management. Peter also served as CEO of Bankers Title and COO of Alpine Access, Inc. In addition, Peter has held senior financial and operational management positions at Ryder Truck Rental, Budget Truck Group and Harima USA.
Peter holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from University of Colorado, Boulder.
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Kari Janavitz, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Kari Janavitz joined E2open as CMO in August 2021, overseeing a marketing function that includes brand, digital marketing, regional and field marketing, digital channels, inside sales, and communications. Now Executive Vice President & CMO, Kari brings to E2open more than 20 years of experience driving growth and building value for leading technology brands.
Kari came to E2open from TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL), where she was the CMO and a member of the company’s senior leadership team. During her eight years at TE, an industrial technology leader in connectors and sensors, she was known for building TE’s brand, generating global recognition for the company, launching initiatives for small- to medium-sized business and other key digital and marketing efforts enabling customer and revenue growth. Previously, Kari led brand, communications and marketing teams at RedPrairie and Sapient. She also ran her own marketing consulting firm focused on brand-building and communication programs for technology companies.
Kari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech from Northwestern University.
Pawan Joshi joined E2open in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Product Management & Strategy. In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy as well as product and technology strategy. Pawan works closely with customers to understand and address their complex and evolving supply chain needs while ensuring alignment across customer-specific solutions, E2open products, and the overall company goals and strategic direction. He is also responsible for the evaluation of new technologies and products along with E2open’s acquisition strategy. Pawan has been with E2open for over a decade and has held multiple leadership roles in Product Management, Professional Services and Sales.
Prior to serving at E2open, he spent three years at i2 Technologies in Product Management, where he helped companies in the manufacturing, transportation and retail sectors optimize key business processes for maximum profitability.
Pawan received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi) in manufacturing sciences and engineering. He then completed his master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering and ultimately his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pawan has also taught graduate courses in manufacturing systems and distributed supply chains.
David Kenneson joined E2open in 2020 as General Manager, Industrial Business Unit and now serves as Sector President, Manufacturing. Passionate about delivering enduring value, David helps ensure adoption, consumption and value realization for E2open’s clients within the following vertical markets: industrial manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, public sector, and non-profit.
David has more than 25 years of experience in sales and management roles in the manufacturing, supply chain and software industries. Prior to joining E2open, David served in various chief revenue officer and general manager positions leading enterprise software companies through periods of hypergrowth. David has also held various leadership roles in software, consulting and supply chain within a number of organizations, including SAP, Ernst and Young, and Grant Thornton.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and an MBA from Lehigh University.
Ron Kubera joined E2open in 2018 as General Manager, Technology Business Unit and now serves as Sector President, Distribution. His role includes all commercial and delivery responsibilities that involve consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and aerospace and defense.
Ron has 25 years of success working in various capacities in the enterprise software market, serving at companies such as Manugistics, Infor, Lawson, Vocollect and Lucas Systems in leadership roles that involved sales, marketing, services, product management and development teams. Ron has helped major Fortune® 100 companies drive improvements in global operations while focusing heavily on client satisfaction. Prior to working in enterprise software roles, Ron started his supply chain career at Church & Dwight, where he was responsible for finished goods distribution and manufacturing scheduling.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and an MBA from Rider University in New Jersey.
Executive Vice President & Chief of Customer Operations
Joe Olson, Executive Vice President & Chief of Customer Operations
Joe Olson is the Executive Vice President & Chief of Customer Operations. In this role, he leads E2open’s Managed Services, Global Services, SaaS Operations and Customer Success organizations. He is an industry veteran in the enterprise software market with experience leading large organizations through periods of rapid growth.
Joe joined E2open in 2016 as SVP, Customer Solutions. Previously he served as SVP of customer experience at Corvisa, a cloud communications provider. He was also EVP and General Manager for Empower Software Solutions, a leader in retail workforce and human capital management solutions, where he was responsible for all commercial activities and delivery for the workforce management solution.
Joe brings to E2open more than 20 years of software industry experience, including 14 years at RedPrairie (now JDA Software) where he held leadership positions in sales, service and global product development.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Training
Debbie Smith, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Training
Debbie Smith joined E2open in 2015 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Training. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategic and tactical human resources plans and processes to support the growth of E2open. This includes hiring the right people, overseeing E2open University to give employees essential learning opportunities, providing competitive and attractive reward systems and ensuring the quality and depth of leadership throughout the company.
Debbie has more than 20 years of domestic and international human resources experience. She began her career at United Technologies Corporation with roles in recruiting, executive compensation and benefits. Later she joined Computer Sciences Corporation, serving as Director of Compensation and Benefits. She has also held the role of VP, Human Resources at 724 Solutions and Globeset. Most recently, Debbie led the human resources function at Builder Homesite, Inc., through an extended period of business expansion and change.
Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Saint Joseph College, Connecticut. She also holds the designation of SPHR-SCP.
Executive Vice President, Product Development & Infrastructure
Mike Verdeyen, Executive Vice President, Product Development & Infrastructure
Mike Verdeyen joined E2open in 2019 as Executive Vice President, Product Development & Infrastructure. In this role, he is responsible for leading E2open’s product development, information security and cloud operations teams. Mike’s success is due in part to his ability to understand the complex issues customers face and drive the development of applications and services that effectively address those issues and other related business challenges.
Prior to taking a position at E2open, Mike served as CTO at Aptos, a leading retail technology solutions provider, where he was responsible for product and technology. Earlier, Mike was CTO at International Business Systems, a Sweden-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider to the distribution and publishing markets. Mike also spent nearly 10 years with RedPrairie, where he led all aspects of product development for the company’s suite of supply chain and retail solutions, including the post-acquisition integration of numerous development teams. His exceptional qualifications and experience include 28 years of experience in software development and technology.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.