Executive Management

Exostar’s management team combines decades of aerospace and defense leadership with depth of experience in e-commerce, information technology, and financial services.

Executive Management

Richard Addi

Richard Addi

President and CEO

Richard joined the management team of Exostar in early 2007, initially in the role of Chief Financial Officer. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

Richard was previously the Vice President of Finance and member of the executive management team at Data Systems Solutions (DS&S), a world leader in asset management and predictive maintenance. The company is an international technology leader in various markets, including nuclear, aerospace & defense, and energy. When Richard joined the company it was a joint venture between SAIC and Rolls-Royce.

Prior to joining DS&S, Richard held various positions of increasing leadership, having worked for an international public accounting firm in Washington D.C. for several years before joining Atlantic Research Corporation, a subsidiary of Sequa. Richard then moved to Rolls-Royce North America where he assumed successive positions of responsibility, ultimately as Director of Tax for Rolls-Royce North America. In this position, he managed the design and implementation of corporate restructurings, cross-border financing, mergers and acquisitions, and economic development. In addition, he led the design and implementation of the company’s “Building Financial Acumen” program with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

In addition to holding an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Marymount University, Richard is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Masters of Tax degree from The George Washington University. He also serves on the Aerospace Industry Association Board of Governors, and is a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Patrick Kannan

Patrick Kannan

Chief Finance Officer

Patrick came to Exostar in 2010 and joined the management team of Exostar in early 2012.  Leveraging more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience, he oversees the operational accounting, as well as all of Exostar’s financial and strategic planning efforts.

Prior to joining Exostar, he was the Controller at Data Systems and Solutions (DS&S), a world leader in asset management and predictive maintenance, at the time a joint venture between SAIC and Rolls-Royce.  During his time at DS&S Patrick helped lead the automation and transformation of the financial planning and reporting process.  The implementation of new tools and processes led to numerous efficiencies, as well as cost savings, and assisted the company in achieving record profitability margins over the next several years.

Prior to DS&S, Patrick held positions at Defense Group Inc., Hagler Bailly, Inc., and Hay Management Consultants. In addition to holding an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Radford University, Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the LuMind Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization focused on Down Syndrome cognitive research.

Ken Marks

Ken Marks

General Counsel

Ken came to Exostar in 2001 from Columbia Energy Group, a Fortune-100 energy company, where he served as assistant general counsel. Ken provides guidance on all legal matters at Exostar. He has also held leadership positions within private mid-size Wall Street law firms. Ken brings experience in both corporate and business law – including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities compliance, negotiation, and documentation – and many years of active participation in the high technology industry.

Ken graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1977, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia College. He has attended executive development programs at the University of Maryland and The Wharton School. Ken has been active in both professional and community organizations, including the American Bar Association and as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also served as a public arbitrator of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, as a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and as a member of Minority Partners in Majority-Owned Law Firms.

Vijay Takanti

Vijay Takanti

Vice President, Security & Collaboration Solutions

As VP of Security & Collaboration Solutions at Exostar, Vijay is responsible for the strategy and product road map, design, development, and customer delivery of these solutions. Since taking his role, Vijay has grown the Exostar Security Solutions business. Vijay has more than 20 years of experience in electronic data processing, application design and development, and information security solutions. He joined Exostar through the acquisition of Evincible® Software in 2004, where he was the founder and CEO. At Evincible®, Vijay developed solutions that bridge the integration chasm between business applications and security components, such as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

Prior to founding Evincible® Software, Vijay served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Society of Worldwide Interbank Telecommunication (SWIFT), where he architected the Next Generation of the SWIFT Net architecture. SWIFT is the financial industry-owned cooperative supplying secure messaging services and interface software to 7,000 financial institutions in 197 countries, processing on average an estimated USD 6 trillion of payment messages.

Vijay is recognized as an expert on the evolving technologies related to  identity management and cybersecurity, and he has engaged with a variety of enterprises on these topics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications from JNTU in Hyderabad, India; a Master’s Degree in Computer Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology in Khargpur; and an MBA from George Mason University, Virginia.

Doug Russell

Doug Russell

Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions

Doug joined Exostar in the fall of 2006, and is responsible for Exostar’s Supply Chain Solutions. This includes all aspects of the programs from roadmap through deployment, implementation, and support. Doug has leveraged his years of manufacturing experience to build out a lean, process-based support organization that accelerates the client’s realization of value and benefits found in Exostar’s offerings.

Doug has spent the bulk of his career in the military and defense industry. Spending 22 years in manufacturing, he is an executive level operations professional, experienced in management, administration, contracts, finance, and general operations of military and aerospace manufacturing and IT organizations.

During the three years prior to joining Exostar, Doug was the Chief Operating Officer for a California-based microelectronics company supporting most of the major missile and space programs active today. Prior to that, he was with a defense electronics company for more than 18 years, manufacturing ground-based vehicle components, primarily to support the M1 Abrams and Bradley vehicles, as well as the Ground TOW Missile Programs. Doug spent the final seven years there as VP President and General Manager.

Doug began his career as a commercial pilot, and has accumulated 3000 hours over the years.

Raj Dasgupta

Raj Dasgupta

Vice President of Technical Operations

Raj joined Exostar in 2001 as a Senior Systems Engineer in Exostar’s Technical Operations group and was later promoted to lead the Technical Operations group in 2011.  In this capacity, Raj manages all aspects of technical operations within Exostar including availability SLAs, contracts management, infrastructure management, as well as technical service delivery for all products and services across Exostar’s global environments.  In his time at Exostar, Raj has led a number of transformational changes to improve efficiency, lower risk, and save millions of dollars.  These include Exostar’s early adoption of virtualization a decade ago and more recently, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud computing, and software defined networking.

Prior to joining Exostar, Raj was at Commerce One Corporation, where he worked as a senior consultant on a number of Business-to-Business marketplaces, including working with Exostar prior to its inception.   Preceding Commerce One, Raj held various engineering roles with RWD Technologies (now GP Strategies) and the Department of Defense – Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA), where he worked as a programmer on battlefield simulations.

Raj graduated from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently attained his Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from The University of Maryland, University College.  Raj currently holds a CISSP certification and serves as the Operational Authority Administrator (OAA) for Exostar’s Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).  Raj is a frequent speaker at Technology conferences and is a member of Forbes Technology Council.

Eric Sorensen

Eric Sorensen

Vice President of Operations and Service Delivery

Eric Sorensen joined Exostar in early 2016.  As Vice President of Operations and Service Delivery, he leads a centralized operations team whose focus is on supporting customers on the use and integration of Exostar’s products into their businesses.

Eric has always enjoyed driving positive transformation efforts within the organizations he’s supported.  He has spent the last 23 years of his career in the financial services industry helping various departments reengineer business operating models, improve technology utilization, and create and implement risk management models.  These roles have afforded him the opportunity to transform businesses, attitudes, and save millions of dollars.

Prior to Exostar, Eric was the Vice President of Operations at Freddie Mac, supporting the Making Home Affordable Compliance program.  In this role, he ensured execution of the division’s operations, including strategic planning, project management office, technology integration, program reporting, supply chain management, policy/procedure management, and internal auditing.  He previously had nearly 16 years of progressive accomplishments in leadership roles at Freddie Mac, leading shared service organizations, technology improvement initiatives and turn-around efforts.  Before Freddie Mac, Eric held positions at CC Pace Systems, Independence Financial, and ITT Financial Services.  Eric holds a Business Administration degree in Operations Management from Radford University.  Eric spends much of his spare time volunteering with his church, where he sits as an Elder on the leadership board.

Venencia Magnusen

Venencia Magnusen

Human Resources Director

Venencia Magnusen joined Exostar in June 2015 and currently serves as the company’s Human Resources Director.  In this role, Venencia is responsible for planning and implementing Exostar’s Human Resources strategy.  She directs the development of the company’s workforce, including talent acquisition, leadership development and training, employee relations, compensation, and benefits.

Venencia has extensive experience developing and implementing successful talent assessment, employee engagement, and development initiatives. She is highly effective in collaborating with her client base at multiple levels by capitalizing on her experience, as well as her interpersonal and customer service skills. In addition to being an independent thinker with a bias for action, Venencia is dedicated to understanding the customer’s needs to ensure that Human Resources positively impacts business success. She’s a proven change agent with strategic vision and proven leadership, communication, and organizational skills.

Prior to joining Exostar, Venencia served as a Human Resources Manager at Harris IT Services, supporting an international client base within the Department of Defense line of business. Venencia received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and her Master’s degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.

Tim Zullo

Tim Zullo

Sr. Director, Sales & Marketing

Tim Zullo brings more than 17 years of Sales and Marketing experience to his position at Exostar. He has a diverse background, including work with various high-tech companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area: Deltek, FedSources, Satyam Engineering Services, Computer Sciences Corporation, BearingPoint, and KPMG Consulting.

Prior to joining Exostar, Tim served as the Senior Director of GovWin Consulting, a business strategy consulting practice that developed business development plans to support government contractors seeking to expand their business or make strategic acquisitions.

Over the course of his career, he has developed successful Sales and Marketing programs that have expanded operations in government contracting, aerospace and defense, industrial manufacturing, automotive, and professional services industries.

Tim received his B.S. from Towson University and has a Masters from Hood College.