WHY APTARA

Our Experts

The professionals who head our practice areas bring with them years of expertise in their fields. Coming from industrial as well as top-performing companies, they ensure the progressive solutions Aptara provides are rigorously proven and properly fitted to the industries in which they’re implemented.

  • Sudeep Banerjee

    Senior Vice President- Strategic Accounts, Learning And Development

    Solution
    Corporate Learning and Performance

    Sudeep is a highly experienced L&D executive offering more than 20 years of experience serving as a tactical partner to global Fortune 500 corporations—helping businesses reach next-level success by tapping into the power of human capital and technology efficiency. He has championed multi-faceted L&D solutions, leading vision, strategy, design, and execution for corporations with large and complex ecosystems. He has established learning transformation and corporate learning strategies as a partner and key advisor to corporate executives. Responsible for strategic account management, Sudeep provides leadership in transformation and process transition to ensure strategic partnership success. He anchors strategic deals across all industry verticals and supports critical customers’ touchpoints.

  • Russell Ramesh

    Senior Vice President- Digital Learning

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    Russell is a pioneer in digital learning and an educational technology strategist with expertise in instructional and learning design, and ground-up development of digital learning products. He held key management roles at R.R. Donnelley & Sons and Hurix Systems before joining Aptara and possesses more than a decade of business leadership experience. Russell heads Aptara’s Digital Learning Group and is responsible for the conceptualization and development of next-generation digital learning products—adaptive courseware, immersive eBooks, virtual learning labs, animations, interactive simulations, and game-based learning. Russell has been on the executive and steering committees of leading digital publishing and educational technology forums, including the International Digital Publishing Forum, IMS Global, and EdNET. He is a member of NADP and the Maryland India Business Roundtable.

  • Joe Valenti

    Senior Vice President- Learning Solutions

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    After two successful years as Head of Sales for QBS Learning, Joe returned to Aptara to head its Educational Publishing Division, where he had previously been the Sales Director. He currently manages the division’s solutions architects, salesforce, and account managers. Before his employment at QBS, Joe worked in the corporate training industry, teaching sales and leadership techniques. When not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors in Southern California, where he lives with his family.

  • Daren Harber

    Senior Vice President- Managed Services

    Solution
    Corporate Learning and Performance

    Daren Harber leads Aptara’s Managed Services Group. He joined the company in 2006 and has more than 17 years of experience growing global service sales, developing strategic customer solutions, and implementing long-lasting client partnerships. With a background in learning and development, Daren also has extensive experience in training outsourcing, digital content transformation, and technology-based solutions.

  • Nancy Stokes

    Senior Vice President- Professional Services

    Solution
    Corporate Learning and Performance

    Nancy leads Aptara’s Professional Services Group. She joined the company in 2010 and brings over 25 years of experience in the learning industry focusing on client relationships, sales, and management. A member of several professional organizations, including ATD, the Society for Technical Communications, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Management Association, and the International Society for Performance Improvement, keep her current on learning industry trends.

  • Jackie Lissy Brustein

    Executive Director- Content Research, Rights & Clearances

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    Jackie brings to Aptara 15 years of media research and intellectual property licensing, rights, and clearance experience. Previously, she was the Head of Research for Getty Images. During her seven-year tenure with QBS Learning, she was instrumental to the explosive growth of its media Research, Rights & Clearance department. It was at QBS that she pioneered the use of global image and text service contracts with major educational publishers.

  • Maria Bartoszewicki

    Senior Director- Digital

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    Maria’s background in educational publishing, eLearning, and digital technology informs her work with interactive, omnichannel eBook design and development at Aptara. She assembled the company’s team of 250 interactive eBook specialists, including Content Architects, Instructional and UI Designers, and CSS and HTML5 experts—a team that has made Aptara a dominant force in eBook production. Her unique workflow solutions and scalable production models for Aptara’s clients have yielded more than 1,300 digital textbooks for various web browsers, the iPad, and other mobile devices.

  • David George

    Senior Director- Editorial

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    David joined Aptara in 2010, bringing 28 years of publisher-side experience as a Managing Editor at the IEEE, John Wiley & Sons, and Pearson Education, and as the Director of Business Operations for Bloomberg Press. He oversees all aspects of Aptara’s global copyediting program. Based in New York, he conducts month-long individual and group training sessions at three locations in India. He is also responsible for all testing, recruitment, and hiring of copy editors, as well as the creation of all testing and training materials.

  • Ashish Madan

    Senior Vice President of Business Relations and Contact Center Operations

    Solution
    Customer Lifecycle Management

    Ashish oversees client relations for Aptara’s U.S. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) clients. He has more than 25 years of executive-level experience in business development, customer support, and corporate training. Before Aptara, Ashish held senior positions in the media, publishing, and retail sectors, overseeing public and press relations as well as internal communications. He has also worked in corporate advertising and product placement. Ashish holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business from the University of Delhi. In his free time, he enjoys trekking, water skiing, and theater. He lives in Plano, Texas, with his family.

  • Chris McKeown

    European Director- Account Management

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    Chris is a publishing industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in content and workflow management solutions. At Aptara, he specializes in new business development in scientific, technical, medical (STM) publishing along with educational and ELT publishing. He has vast experience in adopting new workflows to help publishers streamline their production operations. Before joining Aptara in 2003, Chris worked for Cambridge University Press for over 25 years and was integral in their transformation to an XML-first workflow.

  • Tom Thrash

    Director- Strategic Accounts

    Industry
    Publishing

    Solution
    Digital Content Development

    Tom has spent most of the last three decades working in the STM space of scholarly publishing. From positions related to copyediting and production editor supervision to project and account management, Tom stays up to date on publishing trends and has handled upwards of 30 clients at a time. Very well known in the industry, he just finished a lengthy-term on a committee for SSP—the leading organization in the industry—including the last three as its Co-chair. Tom is based in New York and has been with Aptara since 2010.

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