Board of Advisors

Executive Advisors

Donald Haile, Venture Partner with Volition Capital

Don Haile currently works as an independent consultant. He is a Venture Partner with Volition Capital, where he assists in evaluating and initiating new investment opportunities. As a consultant, Don helps portfolio companies with their business and marketing plans and in introducing portfolio companies to major U.S. and international technology customers and partners.

Prior to transitioning to Volition Capital, Don held a similar role with Fidelity Ventures, and before that was the CIO of Fidelity Investments. There he had responsibility for a multi-billion annual IT budget for computer operations, global communications networks and enterprise applications.

Before joining Fidelity Investments in 1998, Don spent 34 years with IBM where he held executive positions in hardware and software development, with responsibilities for telecommunications, systems management and operating systems.

Don’s unique enterprise customer perspective, combined with over 40 years of management experience in the technology sector, make Don a valuable addition to the Volition Capital team.

Don received a BA degree in mathematics from St. Vincent College and a BS degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. In 2004 he was recognized by Network World as one of the 50 most powerful people in networking.

Sammy Haroon,
COO of Accurate Electronics

Sammy Haroon is a leading product innovation and commercialization executive.  He advises Saffron on growth strategy and business development in the consumer product goods sector. Today, Sammy serves as the COO of Accurate Electronics, a wireless products and services company in telecommunications, healthcare, Smart Grid and consumer electronics. For AE, he has delivered supplier manufacturing contracts with three Global Fortune 250 companies.

Sammy joined Procter & Gamble in 2002 as Global Innovation Leader creating the technology for the world’s first Word-of-Mouth marketing brands: Tremor and VocalPoint. He significantly contributed to transformational changes in product development accelerating concept to market times by 50%.  He concluded his tenure with the development of the company’s first Innovation Center in the Middle East. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Sammy delivered technology solutions including electronic billing and payment systems for CheckFree Corporation (bought by FISERV in 2007 for $4.4B), and Delta Airlines’ AI based global irregular operation management solution.

Sammy is on the Board of The RBR Group, an innovation management organization leveraging his methods of “Invention To Innovation” (I2I©) and “Accelerated Business Commercialization” (XBC©).  He is the President (2011-2012) of The Indus Entrepreneurs – Carolinas; TIE is the world’s largest non-profit entrepreneurial organization.  Sammy is on the Board of Advisors at University of Oklahoma’s School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.  He is a lecturer on “Rapid Product Innovation” at Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his Nuclear Engineering degree as well.

Thomas Jones,
Former President & CEO of Velosel Corporation

Tom has over 20 years of experience in leading both publicly listed and privately funded enterprise software and applications companies. Most recently, Tom was President & CEO of Velosel Corporation, a leader in the Product Information Management industry serving Retailers & Consumer Goods Manufacturers. Previously Tom was Senior Vice President of  Sales at PeopleSoft. There, he was responsible for all software license revenues in the U.S. and Canada totaling $500 million and spearheaded the company’s new sales organization structure of more than 600 staff.

Prior to PeopleSoft, Tom was president of MDL Information Systems, Inc. (MDL), a software application provider to the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. During his 13 year tenure at MDL, Tom was instrumental in developing the strategies that led MDL to be the #1 provider of chemical information management systems. This dominance led to MDL’s Initial Public Offering in 1993. Tom has served on the Board of Directors of MDL, Nexprise, Ventro, Crosslogix, Levanta and OnQ Technologies.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of RivalWatch, Inc., a service company that provides on line competitive pricing and assortment information to the retail and manufacturing industries. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for At Hoc Inc., a software company with solutions for emergency warning and notification. He serves on the Board of Directors of RedOak Logic, LLC., a startup company developing solutions for pharmaceutical research. He also serves on the national board of directors for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation and the Advisory Board for Duke University School of Nursing.

Before entering the business world Tom spent 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain, USMC. Tom holds a BS in Analytical Management from the United States Naval Academy and a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Tom is married to Deanna L. Jones, a retired Flight attendant for United Airlines.

Raul Vejar,
Former EVP and COO of SAP Business Objects

Raúl Véjar is a seasoned executive in the enterprise software industry, with broad experience in strategic, operational and managerial topics. He currently advises several early stage private companies in the enterprise software space.

Until May 2010, he served as the EVP and COO of the Business Objects division of SAP, where he oversaw the integration of Business Objects after is was acquired by SAP.  In this role, Véjar was responsible for helping realize the synergies between SAP and Business Objects, while preserving Business Objects’ unique characteristics.

Previously, Véjar served as EVP of Corporate Strategy, providing the CEO and the SAP Executive Board with consulting and strategic guidance on a range of competitive, operational, and organizational issues. He joined SAP AG in 1990 and in 1994 he founded and became managing director of the SAP Mexico subsidiary. He was appointed regional president of SAP Latin America in 1999. Under his seven-year leadership, SAP Latin America achieved significant penetration and market leadership in the Latin American market. Prior to joining SAP, Véjar managed information systems for Novum Corporation, a chemical and pharmaceutical company in Mexico City.

Véjar earned his bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, and an MBA from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium.

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