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Laura K. Ipsen
Laura K. Ipsen is president and chief executive officer of Ellucian.
Laura has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive, working to drive transformation in the public and private sectors and spur adoption of comprehensive solutions in high-growth industries.
Laura joined Ellucian from Oracle Corporation, where she most recently served as general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Marketing Cloud—leading all customer-facing aspects of the business, including sales, account management, marketing, and customer services. Previously, she served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide public sector organisation, where she led a team of more than 2,000 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education, and non-privatised healthcare customers in more than 100 countries.
Laura’s experience also includes more than a decade at Cisco Systems, where she led an effort to transform how the world manages energy supplies and build smart-grid solutions for utilities around the world. Prior to that, she established and managed Cisco’s global policy and government affairs division, where she led the company’s public policy agenda as it related to the Internet and global adoption of broadband access. Laura has also held leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Acer America, and Hitachi Data Systems.
Laura currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Verisk, a leading data analytics provider, as well as the Business-Higher Ed Forum (BHEF) based in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD). She previously served on the Board of Directors of Monsanto for nearly eight years, and as the chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology Industry Council.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, and she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. She is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter.
Laura K. Ipsen
As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Harshan Bhangdia is responsible for leading Ellucian’s finance operations, including key financial and strategic initiatives, financial reporting, and technical accounting.
Prior to joining Ellucian, Harshan served as acting chief financial officer, vice president, and controller, as well as senior adviser to the chief financial officer of QuintilesIMS (formerly IMS Health), a publicly-traded, Fortune 1,000, multi-national information services company. He also served as a financial leader at Juno Online Services, Inc., a publicly-traded, high-growth, internet-based technology company that at one time had three million active users.
Harshan began his career with Anchin, Block & Anchin and later moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, and an MBA from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City. He has been a certified public accountant since 1994.
As senior vice president and chief legal officer for Ellucian, Jim Bennett is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and in so doing, works closely with public and private universities around the world.
Jim began his career with Ellucian as deputy general counsel for Systems & Computer Technology Corporation (SCT), a publicly-held company that serviced the information technology needs of entities in the higher education, local government, utilities, and process manufacturing marketplaces. When SCT was acquired by SunGard in 2005, he joined the corporate legal team. He served as general counsel for SunGard’s local government and K-12 divisions, and then became general counsel of SunGard Higher Education. In 2012, Hellman & Friedman LLC acquired SunGard Higher Education and combined it with Datatel to create Ellucian, bringing Jim and the rest of his legal team to the new company.
Jim was recognised by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2015, when he received their Corporate Counsel Award, and in 2016, Ellucian’s legal department was cited as “Pennsylvania’s Best Legal Department—General Excellence” by The Legal Intelligencer.
Jim is a graduate of Holy Family University, where he received his BA in English, with a secondary teaching certificate. He earned his JD from Villanova University School of Law.
As senior vice president and chief customer experience officer, Chris Collins drives key initiatives that accelerate customer success across Ellucian’s portfolio, and serves as a champion and advocate for customers at every step on their Ellucian journey. In this role, he leads all aspects of Ellucian’s global Customer Success, Professional Services, Technology Management, Global Enablement, and Cloud organisations.
Prior to Ellucian, Chris served as senior vice president of global services, education and partner management at Medallia, Inc., a customer experience management platform provider, leading field professional services, education, insights, and partner management teams. Previously, Chris served as general manager and senior vice president for professional services and education at CA Technologies – where he established global programmes to serve customers in an evolving, high-volume product business, and worked to optimise and accelerate the sales and delivery process.
Chris’ experience also includes leadership roles with Mercury Interactive, Gemstar-TV Guide, and Allibra Incorporated, where he played a transformational role building Cloud strategy and preparing the company for the leap to SaaS.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from San Jose State University.
As chief people officer, Greg Giangrande leads all aspects of Ellucian’s global people organisation, including employee experience, HR business partners, talent acquisition, total rewards, diversity, equity and inclusion, learning and development, and internal communications.
Greg has deep experience as a transformative human resources and communications leader. He comes to Ellucian most recently from McKinsey & Company where he served as a senior advisor working with clients across sectors and geographies on enterprise transformation, employee experience, human resources, organisational health and culture, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and communications strategies.
Prior to McKinsey, Greg served as executive vice president, chief human resources officer and chief communications officer for Time Inc. where he oversaw human resources and communications for 10,000 employees globally. Previously, he held leadership roles in human resources and communications at News Corporation including, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and HarperCollins Publishers. Greg is a career advice columnist for the NY Post, the fourth largest daily circulation newspaper in the U.S., and he is an adjunct faculty member of New York University (NYU).
Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Arts in Communications from New York University.
Stephen G. Harris
As chief revenue officer, Steve Harris is responsible for driving Ellucian’s revenue generation, including developing new strategic go-to-market plans, expanding efforts to capture new business and global partnership opportunities, and driving deeper alignment and integration across the business.
Steve brings more than two decades of technology leadership and a deep-rooted passion for higher education. He comes to Ellucian most recently from Dell Technologies, where he served as President of Dell Federal Systems and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Public Sector Strategy. In this role, Steve had overall responsibility for revenue, strategy, operations, compliance, and contracts.
Prior to this, Steve served as Vice President for Dell’s State and Local Government and Education (SLED) and healthcare businesses. He also served as an executive leader in Dell’s Public Business Group as an area vice president for the higher education and healthcare sales organisations. Along with his extensive public sector and industry knowledge, he has a proven track record of driving IT transformation and value across some of the most complex enterprises in the public sector in the U.S. and globally.
He is also actively engaged in his community and serves on several boards of directors, including AFCEA International, Dell Technologies Political Action Committee, Executive Mosaic, Greater Baltimore IT Committee, and USO Metro-Washington.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in management science from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Stephen G. Harris
As Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ellucian, Mariam Tariq leads Product, Program Management, and User Experience teams in the delivery of product roadmaps and product strategy across Ellucian’s portfolio. Mariam’s organization maintains close collaboration across Ellucian teams, Partners, and Customers to ensure bringing the highest value products to market.
Prior to Ellucian, Mariam held leadership roles in R&D, Product Management, Customer Support, and Marketing at MicroStrategy, Oracle, Zenprise, and Interwoven delivering Enterprise Software products and services covering Digital Experience technology, Enterprise Mobility, and Data and Analytics. In addition to product focus, Mariam has launched to market new cloud-based solutions, developed offers and strategies to move customers from on-premise to Cloud in support of modernization, and driven strategic M&A and Partnerships.
Mariam has a strong empathetic mindset coupled with strategic focus. Mariam is passionate about working with customers in enabling organizations to realize their vision to deliver modern, data-driven engagement across multiple channels.
Mariam holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mike Wulff leads Ellucian’s engineering teams and drives growth initiatives focused on digital transformation and cloud adoption.
Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, architecting and developing complex industry-focused solutions. Previously Mike served as a vice president of R&D at Ellucian, leading the teams responsible for the development of Ellucian’s ERP and SIS solutions.
A strong proponent of agile development practices, Mike leverages his foundational experience as a developer and technology leader to drive successful product releases from inception through deployment. His recent development efforts have focused on building native SaaS applications inclusive of the full DevOps pipeline and toolchain.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.