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Executive Leadership Team

Kamal Bherwani

Kamal Bherwani

Chief Executive Officer

Kamal brings more than 30 years of global technology and operating experience with multibillion-dollar enterprises across both the public and private sectors in CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), and CDO (Chief Digital Officer) roles.  Most recently, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Inversora Agroindustrial Global, leading technology strategy, architecture and operations as well as global private and venture capital technology investments. He has also spent a significant portion of his career in New York City under the administration of multiple Mayors, including as the first Chief Information Officer of the City’s Health and Human Services domain, comprised of several agencies focusing on social services, criminal justice and health.

Chief Growth Officer

Jake Bittner

Chief Growth Officer

Jake has spent his career providing executive leadership across all aspects of business operations for technology firms, with particular emphasis on growth strategy, sales and marketing, and strategic alliances. In 2010 he co-founded Qlarion, a data analytics firm specializing in government innovation, and spearheaded its growth, exponentially expanding its client base up and down the East Coast.

Under his leadership, Qlarion became known as the go-to firm for state and local government business intelligence and data analytics. The company has had 100% customer retention for many years and has recently been recognized with a Best-In-Class GCN Innovation Award and a NASCIO State IT Recognition Award. Qlarion was acquired by GCOM in May 2021. After the merger was complete, Jake transitioned to his new role as Chief Growth Officer at GCOM.

Jake has been recognized by the StateScoop 50 Awards as well as the Best Bosses in Federal IT Award.

Vanessa Champion

Vanessa Champion

General Counsel and Chief of Staff

Vanessa Champion was the Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President at MacAndrews & Forbes where she advised M&F and its portfolio companies on legal, business, and government matters.

Prior to working for M&F, she was the Senior Advisor and Counsel to New York City’s First Deputy Mayor, charged with managing large agency portfolios.  Her responsibilities stretched from the Office of Management and Budget to the Department of Information Technology.

Before the Mayor’s Office, she was the Chief of Staff and Counsel to the New York City Comptroller providing management and oversight for the office’s eight bureaus, 750 plus employees, and 90M plus operating budget.

She also worked as a securities litigation and enforcement attorney at WilmerHale LLP. She received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Amherst College.

City and State named her a “40 under 40 Rising Star” and Latino Leaders selected her as one of 25 New York City “Leaders of the Future.” 

Paul G. Murray

Paul G. Murray

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has over 30 years of experience helping technology enabled service companies grow and prosper. He has a proven-track record of creating enterprise value through accelerated growth, business transformations, and implementing processes that improve core business operations and bottom-line profitability.  Prior to GCOM, Paul was CFO & Treasurer for Phase One Consulting Group (acquired by Accenture). Paul also served as CFO of Digital Management Inc (DMI). During his time at DMI, Paul was able to more than triple the company in size and scale through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth.

Paul also has led initiatives at DMI and Phase One to achieve ISO and CMMI accreditations.  Earlier in his career, Paul held CFO roles  at various portfolio companies of The Gores Group, such as Compudyne, Aptiv Technology Partners, and Proxicom. In his role as GCOM’s CFO, Paul manages all aspects of the company’s financial operations including overseeing the internal IT operations.

Paul received his B.S. from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. in Finance from Westminster College. He is a Certified Public Account, Certified Management Accountant as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Christine Pascarella

Christine Pascarella

Chief of Client Outcomes

Christine has over 25 years' experience working to define and execute effective IT strategies that support positive business outcomes across commercial enterprises and all levels of federal, state and local government. Christine has served as a New York City Agency CIO, and most recently as a Senior Expert Partner at Gartner. In her role as Chief of Client Outcomes, Christine leads a team focused on understanding government pain points and how GCOM’s solutions can deliver better outcomes for State and Local government clients.

Rahul Puri

Rahul Puri

Chief Product Officer

has worked with organizations around the globe to lead innovations in technology strategy, digital transformation, and product management. He has more than 20 years’ experience spanning the public sector, health care, and media. As the former Chief Software Architect for the City of New York’s Health and Human Services, Puri architected and implemented systems that helped redefine the use of technology and data in health and human services agencies in New York City. During his time in Northrop Grumman as a lead architect, Puri led the effort to build a Fraud Waste and Abuse platform and team to win the FPS 2.0 contract at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Overseas, Puri spent four years in Madrid as the Director of Digital Innovation for Grupo Prisa, the world’s largest Spanish-speaking media company. More recently, as the Chief Technology Officer of Magine (a digital streaming media company based in Stockholm), Puri was responsible for the architecture, buildout, and operations of Magine’s global platform. As Chief Product Officer, Puri will be responsible for ensuring that GCOM's product portfolio meets customer and market demands.  He will work closely with all of the GCOM teams to build business cases, roadmaps, go to market strategies, and platforms that enable GCOM's customers to be successful.

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