Leadership Team
Driving Genzeon’s
vision, mission &
meet the leadership

Headed by some of the brightest, boldest &
sharpest heads in the industry,
the Genzeon
management and the executive
committee bring deep business insight with
the multifaceted corporate vision to deliver
sustainable, sensible technology solutions to
customers globally.

Venkat Thumula Founder and CEO

As founder and CEO of Genzeon, Venkat Thumula provides the vision and leadership to help realize our highest potential: for our employees, our company, and most importantly, our customers. He understands that creating maximum long-term value for our customers requires a combination of technical expertise, innovation, and a customer-centric approach founded on a solid understanding of their business domains. He has used this approach to build exceptional teams with deep technical and functional expertise in healthcare and retail management and make Genzeon a trusted business partner providing IT and digital transformation solutions.

Before Genzeon, Venkat spent a decade at Allscripts, a Fortune 500 healthcare IT provider. He led the design and development of several significant products and was instrumental in their adoption and implementation at some of the leading hospitals in the U.S.. Beyond the global team leadership and technical experience he gained; he developed invaluable understanding and insights into the end-user perspectives in the industry. He began his career shadowing doctors and nurses in the hallways of hospitals, where he learned their needs and functions firsthand. He came away with a conviction that this knowledge was the other essential part of any genuinely transformative technology solution.

Venkat earned an MBA, Leadership in Healthcare from Yale University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama, and a Certificate in Business Essentials/Entrepreneurship from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys spending time with family, giving back by mentoring young people, playing Racquetball, and of course, following the Philadelphia Eagles and the 76ers.

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Vikram Pendli Chief Technology Officer

Vikram Pendli is our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Genzeon. He is responsible for Genzeon’s technology strategy and solution architecture initiatives. Vikram’s primary focus is helping clients build a digital roadmap to transform their businesses. As an industry consultant, he has deep expertise in designing, developing, and architecting cloud solutions for Public Clouds (Azure and AWS) and Hybrid Clouds. He has complete exposure to Azure cloud services, including PaaS, IaaS, Storage, Business Analytics, Virtual Networking, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

Before joining Genzeon, Vikram led the database architecture team at Allscripts for their Sunrise suite of products. He spent 11 years with Allscripts; he played multiple roles as a technology leader and led the Sunrise Performance, Scalability, Reliability, and Security (PSRS) team. He developed an operational and field strategy to resolve critical escalations from hospitals.

Vikram has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Clemson University and an undergraduate degree from India. Before Allscripts, he started his technical career at Microsoft, working with the SQL Server group. This allowed him to implement high-performing enterprise scale systems at multiple fortune 500 companies. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading books.

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Scot Keefer SVP, Business Development & Customer Success

Scot Keefer is our SVP of Business Development & Customer Success, leading the company’s Go-to-Market strategy and execution while elevating Genzeon within the technology life cycle decisions of our client, partner, and prospect communities. Scot’s two decades of leadership experience include driving growth across global technology companies and transitional scaling to achieve the following levels of success. He previously held various executive roles at Regulatory DataCorp (RDC), now part of Moody’s, Robert Half International, Verizon, and most recently, the CRO at GrayHair Software.

Earlier in his career, Scot co-founded InSource, Inc., where he also served as the company’s CEO. Scot’s passion lies in the world of creating transformational outcomes, impactful customer experiences, and best-in-class value. He holds a degree in Sociology from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. When not working, Scot loves spending time with his family, fly fishing, running, Big Ten Wrestling and Football, and playing fetch with his loyal yorkie, Mister.

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Lolitha BoseVP, Business Transformation

Lolitha Bose is our vice president of Business Transformation for Genzeon. Lolitha is responsible for developing the organization’s long-term strategy and strategic planning and executing the highest impact cross-functional solutions that transform operations through technology, culture, and processes. Before joining Genzeon, Lolitha served as Product and Technology Operations leader at Greenway Health, where she drove operational efficiency and strengthened processes to improve the overall business outcomes. Lolitha strongly aligns her values with the Genzeon core values of Agility and Accountability.

As an agile leader, she is always ready to navigate new waters and chart recent successes while inspiring transformation. She also values accountability as it builds trust within teams, creates respect between clients, leaders, and employees, and promotes a sense of fairness.

Lolitha holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She had also served as a board member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) for the Tampa Bay Chapter. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her family.

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Derek Walker VP, Healthcare Solutions and Delivery

Derek is the Vice President of Healthcare Solutions and Delivery at Genzeon. His focus is on designing optimal systems and workflows for our healthcare, insurance, and related industry clients. He brings to the table over 30 years of experience in Healthcare IT, particularly integration with HL7, X12, CCDA, FHIR, and vendor APIs. Derek has worked with major academic medical centers and community hospitals, developing integration solutions for all departments and disciplines.

He has also been associated with several leading Healthcare IT vendors, including GE, Cerner, and Allscripts, developing applications to support clinical care. Additionally, he has held consulting engagements with NIH for the national network of Cancer Centers and Clinical Trials. While outside work, Derek loves to travel and learn new languages. He has been to all continents except Antarctica. He is also a big foodie – and says, “trying out new restaurants from Michelin star to hole in the wall, word of mouth places is always a lot of fun.”

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Mike Pietig SVP Digital Health and Strategy

As SVP of Digital Health and Strategy, Mike is responsible for ensuring the Genzeon healthcare clients have the solutions they need to deliver exceptional experiences to their consumers. Mike has spent the last two decades of his career sharing his passion for healthcare with providers, payers, and other healthcare IT companies. He has worked with and held leadership roles at nationally recognized organizations including Cleveland Clinic, Hazelden Betty Ford and Leidos.

Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS SVP Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Kelly McLendon has been a HIM practitioner for over 43 years, possessing not only a HIM credential but also one for privacy and security of electronic healthcare records, a specialization he has held for as long as those concepts have existed.

In 2015 AHIMA awarded him their ‘Innovator’ Triumph award, among numerous major industry other awards over the years. He is a sought after author and speaker on subjects related to HIPAA and other industry privacy and security topics.

Kelly is a founder of CompliancePro Solutions where he helped design and bring to market a software product called CompliancePro Health, which manages HIPAA and many other areas of compliance.

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Advisory Board A pillar of strength for Genzeon’s founders, executives, and stakeholders

Genzeon’s advisory board comprises industry thought leaders in multiple fields and with decades of experience.
Their knowledge and expertise contribute immensely to Genzeon’s services while helping to provide unparalleled value to our clients.


Russ Branzell CHIME, CEO

Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and president of the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME). Before his position at CHIME, he served as the CEO of Colorado Health Medical Group.

He also served as the VP of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System, the president/CEO of Innovation Enterprises, and the Regional Deputy CIO, Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health Systems. During his tenure with the U.S. Air Force, he served on active duty in healthcare administrative positions, including as the CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office.

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Ajay Kapare ELLKAY, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

As Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for ELLKAY, Mr. Kapare identifies key business challenges, develops and drives strategic industry, business, and marketing relationships.

In this senior leadership role at ELLKAY, he determines market demand and growth opportunities to position the company as a leader in the healthcare IT industry. Mr. Kapare is responsible for determining concepts and disruptive market solutions to solve challenges and make profound impacts.

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