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.

Vijay Takanti

Vijay Takanti

Senior Vice President of Innovation and Informatics

As SVP of Innovation and Informatics at Exostar, Vijay is responsible for the strategy and product road map, design, development, and customer delivery of Exostar solutions. 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.

Venencia Magnusen

Venencia Magnusen

Vice President of Human Resources

Venencia Magnusen joined Exostar in June 2015 and currently serves as the company’s Vice President of Human Resources.  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.

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

Vice President of Operations and Service Delivery

Sean O’Neill joined Exostar in the fall of 2016. As Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, he is responsible for maintaining Exostar’s corporate strategy, identifying new strategic partnering opportunities, and strategically positioning the company to increase our market share. Over his 20-year career, Sean has held executive and senior management positions in small to large companies during high-growth, transformation, merger, and acquisition. His background includes leading strategic initiatives, driving sales and growth activities, developing innovative technology solutions, and delivering consulting and other professional services.

Before joining Exostar, Sean was the business and corporate development leader for Triumph Enterprises, a Cybersecurity and Data Analytics focused solutions provider to the Defense, Health, and Civilian sectors of the Federal Government. Prior to Triumph, Sean was a business unit leader for Aquilent, a leading solutions provider of Digital Services, DevOps/Agile, and Cloud Services. In this role, Sean contributed to the growth of the company from $30M to just over $100M over 4 years. He also established the first corporate PMO and led strategic programs for the $1.5B Americas division of the UK-based Serco Group plc, a global public and private sector services and solutions provider. Before Serco, Sean spent 10 years in senior management positions for technology companies supporting clients in the Aerospace, Financial Services, Hospitality, and Retail industries.

Sean holds a BS Accounting Degree from George Mason University, and an MBA and MS Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business. He has also been a PMI certified Project Manager since 2002.

Waide Jones

Waide Jones

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer

Waide joined the management team of Exostar in mid-2015 as the Director of Information Security.  He became the Chief Information Security Officer in August of 2016.  In this capacity Waide directs the Exostar information security program to protect its information, assets, and customers.

Prior to joining Exostar, Waide spent 17 years of his career with Lockheed Martin where he held various technical and leadership roles.  He is an accomplished leader and IT security architect.  He has a proven ability to develop and execute cyber security initiatives that include people, process, and technology.  Waide is experienced in working with industry peers to influence change and create opportunities to better protect critical information from cyber threats wherever it resides.  His experiences range from program/team leadership, strategy development, cyber security risk management, supply chain cyber security, budget & financial planning, risk and vulnerability assessments, audit, IT architecture, secure system design, CIRT, forensics, and policy/standard development.

Waide holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications and a Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems from George Mason University.  Waide has several certifications to include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Felicia Faragasso

Felicia Faragasso

Vice President, Legal/Contracts

Felicia joined Exostar in 2018 with over a decade of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, and additional experience in telecommunications.  Prior to her in-house engagements, she was in private practice in Washington, D.C.  Felicia provides guidance on all legal matters at Exostar. She brings experience in both corporate and business law – including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, negotiation, and documentation – and in international regulatory areas such as export compliance, data privacy and anticorruption policy.

Felicia graduated from the law school at the College of William and Mary, after receiving her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She is a member of the board of directors of Girls on the Run, northern Virginia chapter, and a Virginia committee member of The Power of Pink.

 

Tony Farinaro

Tony Farinaro

Chief Revenue Officer

Tony Farinaro brings a strong background in technology, business-to-business secure collaboration, and the Aerospace and Defense Industry, along with 35 years of progressive leadership experience, to his role as Chief Revenue Officer. He oversees all functions directly responsible for executing Exostar’s go-to-market strategy and revenue generation, including the company’s Sales and Marketing organizations.

Before joining Exostar in September 2020, Tony spent his career working in technical, business, and executive management roles at publicly-traded, privately-held, and private equity-owned small-to-medium sized businesses and large enterprises. Immediately prior to Exostar, he served as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Professional Services at CollabNet (now digital.ai), a software platform provider for collaborative software development and value stream management for Government and commercial customers. Tony played an integral part in growing CollabNet’s revenues from $30M to more than double, leading to its acquisition by TPG Capital.

Previously, Tony was Corporate Vice President and General Manager at Actel, where he helped raise the hardware manufacturer’s revenues from $100M to $250M. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Applications and Design Systems at Gatefield, and held various engineering positions at Plessey.

Tony earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, his MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University.

Sudeep Dharan

Sudeep Dharan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Sudeep Dharan leads all of Exostar’s technology initiatives, including the development and establishment of the company’s long-term technical strategy and product roadmap, as well as the fulfillment of high-velocity product delivery in the short-to-medium term. All of the organizations that innovate, create, and maintain the products and infrastructure that serve the Exostar community report to him.

Sudeep’s 30-year career spans early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, where he has held increasingly business-critical, strategic positions running global product development and management teams that leverage cutting-edge technologies, tools, and techniques to achieve corporate objectives for privately-held and publicly-traded firms that service the commercial and Government sectors. Prior to becoming Exostar’s CTO in September 2020, Sudeep was Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Acendre, which sells a Software-as-a-Service human capital management solutions to regulated industries. At Acendre, he oversaw the introduction and integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning innovations, the migration of legacy datacenters to AWS and AWS GovCloud, and the early adoption and acquisition of FedRAMP certification, which significantly contributed to the company’s success and acquisition by Strattam Capital.

Previously, Sudeep served as Senior Vice President of Product Development at Razorsight, where he revamped the engineering organization to deliver predictable and scalable products of the highest quality, culminating in the company’s sale to Synchronoss. He also has filled executive and senior management roles building high-performing software engineering teams at Netuitive, Intelliworks, Trados, Legato Systems, Informix, and Lockheed.

Sudeep received his BS and MS in Computer Science from Kansas State University.