The leadership team behind Elsevier's Clinical Solutions is comprised of a dynamic group of business and clinical information experts, both on staff and as members of our external advisory boards.
President, Health Markets
Lee Rivas is the President of RELX global healthcare businesses. He is responsible for over $1b of revenues and 2,500 employees across the Elsevier Clinical Solutions, Nursing and Health Education, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ healthcare data businesses. Lee is focused on serving the needs of hospitals, ambulatory care settings, and universities. His business is dedicated to educating and training healthcare professionals, improving patient outcomes, and enabling high quality decisions through the use of, evidence-based content, technology and analytics.
Lee brings a wealth of big data, technology, and healthcare expertise to Elsevier, having spent the last 10 years at RELX's big data and analytics division, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He most recently led its public sector and healthcare businesses, which use consumer data and analytics to stop fraud, maintain compliance, and assess the relative risk of patients in the healthcare system. He has led the acquisition and integration of 4 companies in this this role and doubled the size of the business through investments in innovation and operational improvements. He has also spoken on the topic of big data in health care at several industry events including the US News healthcare conference.
Previous to his time at RELX, Lee was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, a leading global strategy consulting firm. He led client teams focused primarily on overall strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and sales strategy. Lee started his career as an officer in the U.S. Army where he held several operational leadership roles in tank and armored cavalry units in the U.S. and abroad, and left active duty as a Captain. Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a member of the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
President, Clinical Solutions
Dr. John Danaher is a prominent healthcare expert with a comprehensive background as an educator, entrepreneur, and respected physician.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Danaher was President of the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing at Kaplan. He brings a great depth of experience in digital media in health care and education from his time at Kaplan, Discovery Communications, and as Executive Vice President of WebMD. He has extensive domain expertise and a successful track record in managing health information businesses. His experience, in both government and the private sector, extends beyond the US and into global markets, including assignments and experience with Japan, Pakistan, the UK, and Australia.
Dr. Danaher received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He received his MBA from Stanford University, and earlier in his career was Resident & Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. He has served on diverse corporate and not-for-profit boards, community organizations, teaching faculties, and fellowships, including a White House Fellowship where he worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Sinai Health System, an inner-city, “safety net” hospital system in Chicago.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Clinical Reference and Workflow
Karthik Krishnan is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Global Clinical Reference and Workflow business, which includes ClinicalKey, Drug Information, Care Planning, Order Sets and InferMed. He is currently on the board of Urban Upbound, a nonprofit focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing in New York City through job training, financial fitness and college education. He is an adjunct professor at New York University – Stern School. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) governance fellow.
Karthik has been with the RELX group for over 9 years in roles including SVP & GM Global Pharma and eCommerce, and VP Interactive Media and Sales Management. Prior to RELX, Karthik was Principal at Agilone responsible for building a relationship marketing practice aimed at maximizing Customer Lifetime Value. He was also involved with the William J. Clinton Foundation and was recognized by President Clinton for his leadership in launching the Urban Enterprise Initiative. He has also spent a number of years at Rodale, publisher of healthy active living magazines and books, launching award winning websites (backpacker.com and menshealth.com), developing eCommerce channels and forging business partnerships with MSN, Nissan and AOL.
Karthik has an MBA from New York University - Stern School. He received the distinction Stern Scholar and was inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. He has a Bachelors in Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology and was conferred the Student of the Year and Best Outgoing Student awards. He is also certificated in Design Thinking (Human Centered Design) by Stanford University.
Jeff Keating joined Elsevier in 2010 as VP Software Development & Architecture for Elsevier Clinical Decision Support where he headed up software product development. In 2014 he was promoted to SVP Software Engineering Healthcare, leading technology and product development for Elsevier Clinical Solutions and Education. Because of his strong background leading product technology teams, he has actively led, and continues to participate in, the key transformation of the technology organisation into a core-team focused user-centric organisation, dramatically improving cost efficiency whilst continuing to help the organisation grow its online Data and Product revenues.Prior to Elsevier Jeff held leadership roles with Thomson Reuters Healthcare, as well as a number of healthcare startups in the US.
Laura Kepich serves as the Finance Director for Clinical Solutions within Elsevier.
Prior to joining Elsevier in January 2015, Laura worked for Ricoh, a global manufacturer and supplier of digital office equipment and software, where she held senior finance roles supporting the business. Prior to joining Ricoh, Laura was with IKON, and prior to IKON she worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she held roles in both audit and transaction services.
Laura is based in Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA with a dual major in Accounting & French. Laura is a member of the PICPA.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Patient Engagement
Sonika Mathur serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Patient Engagement. In her current role, Sonika is responsible for leading the overall Patient Engagement team in the Clinical Solutions division of Elsevier. Her mission is to drive the Patient Engagement team forward and oversee all areas of development for patient engagement.
In Sonika’s previous role, she served as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for the Clinical Solutions group within Elsevier. She was responsible for the overall strategy of Clinical Solutions as well as leading strategic partnerships, M&A, portfolio optimization, strategic pricing and innovation.
Sonika joined Elsevier in 2011 in its health sciences corporate strategy group and took a business unit strategy role in 2012, where among other accomplishments she led the acquisition and integration of the ExitCare patient education business.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Sonika was a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations group focusing in healthcare and life sciences. Prior to Deloitte, she worked for several boutique healthcare consulting firms, including Healthlink and First Consulting Group, where she specialized in hospital IT projects. Sonika has over 15 years of strategy and operations experience in healthcare and her past clients have included academic medical centers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and government run health providers/plans. Her work has focused on growth strategies, go to market, operations improvement, business process redesign, governance design, health policy analysis and health economics.
Sonika is based in Philadelphia and holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University as well as B.A. in Biology and Psychology from the George Washington University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Performance Management
Hajo Oltmanns is the Senior Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Performance Management business within Elsevier’s Clinical Solutions group.
Hajo builds on more than 18 years of experience in healthcare, information businesses, management, strategy, and business development. Hajo has been with Elsevier for almost ten years. During this time he was responsible for customer support, engagement, and training across Elsevier Clinical Solutions, lead Elsevier’s care planning and clinical documentation as well as order sets business, and was the Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development for Elsevier Health Sciences. Hajo joined Elsevier in the Elsevier strategy team based in Amsterdam.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Hajo worked in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, where he focused on strategy development across different industries, including healthcare. In addition, Hajo has worked for the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston in London as well as in trade publishing and journalism in Germany and New York.
Hajo holds an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he was a Siebel Scholar, and an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. He is based in Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Jerry J. Pianto
Senior Vice President of Sales
Jerry J. Pianto is the Senior Vice President of Sales for the Clinical Solutions Division of Elsevier. Jerry has led the Nursing and Health Education Sales team since joining Elsevier in June 2014 from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, and has a background in selling software solutions in roles in Software AG, IBM and previous companies.
Chief Marketing Officer
Cindy is Chief Marketing Officer for Clinical Solutions and Education. She is responsible for marketing Elsevier's expanding portfolio of digital and print products and solutions for the healthcare industry. This new role will help form a tighter connection between the medical, nursing and pharmacy education and professional practice.
Previously, Cindy was Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Cengage Learning, a $2 billion higher education publisher. She oversaw Cengage Learning's marketing and external communications activities. She was a member of the senior leadership team helping drive company direction and strategy including helping drive the company's transformation from print to digital.
In her prior roles, she has over 20 years of expertise in global consumer products at Fortune 100 companies, with specific experience including interactive entertainment and digital media. Previously, Cindy served as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Vivendi Games, creator of some of the industry's largest and most profitable games including World of Warcraft. She ran marketing for the company and was directly accountable for the mobile and casual games divisions. She also drove strategy for the company and was a member of the senior management team that completed a successful merger with Activision, creating Activision Blizzard, the world's largest video game publisher.
Cindy was one of the pioneers in digital music, launching the first commercial download and subscription services at Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company. Earlier in her career she held a variety of management roles at Pepsi Cola, Seagram and General Electric.
Cindy earned B.S.in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA in Marketing from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics Dean's Advisory Council and serves on the SIIA Board of Directors.