Leadership

Combining some of the most respected names in tax compliance and reporting with proven cloud software leaders, the Sovos management team was built to lead the market to Solve Tax for Good.

As president and CEO, Andy Hovancik champions Sovos’ belief in a world of frictionless commerce, where businesses can grow free of regulatory risk and communities can thrive –simply by collecting what they’re owed. Andy has more than 25 years of experience growing technology companies, 15 years of which have been in regulatory and compliance software.

Since joining Sovos in 2013, Andy has overseen the acquisition and integration of numerous businesses, creating the most complete, continuous and connected global solution for modern tax. A purpose-driven leader who understands the challenges businesses face as indirect tax goes digital around the world, Andy ensures Sovos is a proactive partner in compliance for the company’s 5,000+ clients, including more than half the Fortune 500.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts in business management and marketing from Cornell University and his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.

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Bob White leads a team responsible for all financial operations of the global organization. With extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, and strategic and financial analysis, Bob sets the path for continued growth of the business.

Before joining Sovos, Bob spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led mergers and acquisitions advisory projects for both the buy and sell side. He also spent eight years at JDA Software, where he most recently served as chief financial officer for the Americas. During his time there, Bob led finance and operations teams to partner with business leaders to grow the business.

Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master in Business Administration in finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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John Landy leads product development to ensure customers have access to the most updated compliance solutions amid today’s evolving regulatory landscape. He leads the team that ensures the security of sensitive customer data and guarantees Sovos solutions are stable and scalable for enterprise organizations and financial institutions.

John has more than 25 years of technology and architecture experience. Prior to joining Sovos in 2015, he was chief technology officer at Datapipe, where he worked on software-defined data center initiatives around the world for multi-cloud environments. Before that, John was chief technology officer at Intralinks, where he led SaaS platform enhancements to provide new methods of sharing critical information across global boundaries, culminating in the company’s IPO in 2010.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Lehigh University, a Master of Science in computer science from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

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 Joe Healey applies more than 20 years of experience leading high-performance teams. He is responsible for driving profitable growth and ensuring satisfaction for more than 5,000 Sovos clients supported by the Intelligent Compliance Cloud, as well as directing the company’s global growth strategy across the Americas.

Prior to Sovos, Joe spent three years at CA Technologies as vice president of area sales, where he built and lead the enterprise market sales team. Previously, Joe was national sales director at Akibia and was responsible for over 80 percent of company revenue and consistent year-over-year growth, contributing to the successful sale of the business to Zensar.

Joe has been a featured speaker at Vista Equity Partners’ Sales and Marketing Best Practice Sharing Summits, the HgCapital Sales and Marketing Forum, and more. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Boston College.

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Laura Handler draws on more than 10 years’ experience directing teams to solve business problems. She is CEO Andy Hovancik’s “Swiss army knife,” focusing on strategic initiatives, executive alignment and employee engagement. She also leads the company’s customer engagement team to partner with customers and ensure they get the most out of the Intelligent Compliance Cloud.

Previously, Laura spent more than eight years at Tocci Building Companies, where she was first director of virtual design and construction, leading implementation and adoption of new processes, technology and contracts. Later, she was promoted to director of service design and strategy, directing a consulting service practice that enabled clients to streamline their approach to delivering large-scale real estate projects and programs.

Laura has been recognized as Maverick of the Year by the Stevie Awards and Women of FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) by Banker and Tradesman. She earned her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University.

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Steve Sprague’s experience in the electronic invoicing and middleware integration space spans two decades. As chief strategy officer, he manages global messaging, product strategy, and field enablement. His guidance has led to double-digit revenue and sales growth over the past three years.

Prior to Sovos, Steve spent four years as senior vice president, product strategy and marketing for Crossgate, Inc., where he grew global e-invoicing compliance solutions and a market leading cloud-based B2B platform. He also held the role of executive vice president, marketing and product strategy with SEEBURGER for 7 years, where his main responsibility was product management and marketing.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Georgia.

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As chief talent officer, Colleen Schlagel leads the development of strategic plans and programs to facilitate the success and development of Sovos global talent programs. Dedicated to the personal and professional development and growth of all Sovos team members, Colleen is responsible for expanding and promoting the best talent within the organization. Colleen joined Sovos in 2013, bringing more than 15 years of human resources leadership experience from her roles within a wide variety of global high-growth, direct marketing, consumer product and manufacturing organizations.

Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science in management from Minnesota State University, Mankato and actively holds her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) professional certification.

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As chief product officer, Pawel Smolarkiewicz enables businesses to thrive by designing and delivering flexible SaaS solutions for the rapidly evolving global tax and regulatory environment.

With more than 15 years of executive leadership in the software industry, Pawel is passionate about building high-performance teams and solving complex business challenges through dynamic software solutions.

Before Sovos, Pawel co-founded the beverage alcohol compliance platform, ShipCompliant, now ShipCompliant by Sovos. He earned a master’s in engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Todd Hanna is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, responsible for leading the company’s global legal function and department, managing all legal affairs and providing strategic, tactical and operational legal support to all Sovos business units.

Before joining Sovos, Todd was managing commercial counsel at EMC Corporation and VCE Company (acquired by Dell) and general counsel of Akibia (acquired by Zensar).

Todd earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Boston University and his J.D. at Syracuse University College of Law. He has published articles in Corporate Counsel Magazine on contract negotiation strategy for lawyers, as well as utilizing data metrics in legal department management.

Todd is a member of the Dana Farber Leadership Council and the Andover Massachusetts Scholarship Committee.

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As chief security officer, John Strasser leads the development and implementation of the cyber and physical security strategies to guarantee the customer data entrusted to Sovos is accurate, available and secure. He is also responsible for Sovos global networks, communications systems, and office and data center interconnectivity, ensuring data flows quickly and enabling the Sovos global enterprise.

John has more than 15 years of information security and network experience across a wide range of technical and leadership roles, with an emphasis on building strong collaborative teams and developing world-class practices and programs. John has been with Sovos since 2013, and he founded the company information security practice, which has grown to encompass Sovos operations across three continents.

John earned a degree in network administration and actively holds his Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.

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As vice president of corporate development, John is responsible for the creation of the company’s inorganic growth strategy, as well as overseeing business acquisitions and subsequent integrations. John has spearheaded Sovos’ acquisitions of six different companies that now make up the Sovos Intelligent Compliance Cloud.

Previously, John was an officer in the United States Navy, and he spent 15 years in corporate finance, commercial banking, and mergers and acquisitions advisory roles, in which he successfully generated more than $1 billion in buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions.

John earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Christiaan Van Der Valk is vice president, strategy. Elected a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2000, Christiaan is an internationally recognized voice on e-business strategy, law, policy, best practice and commercial issues.

Formerly co-founder and president of Trustweaver (acquired by Sovos), Christiaan also holds long-standing leadership roles at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the European E-invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA).

Over the past 20 years, he has presented at and authored key papers for international meetings at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Asia Europe Meeting, World Trade Organization and several other UN agencies.

Christiaan earned his Master of Laws degree from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

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As general manager, Paul Banker leads the global tax information reporting business. He was previously vice president of global accounts at Sovos, and he and his team cultivated partnerships with some of the world’s largest global financial services organizations, helping to identify and develop solutions to resolve complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory obligations.

With more than 25 years of experience in the tax information reporting industry, Paul’s previous leadership positions include vice president of client management and vice president of operations at Convey, which was acquired by Sovos.

A former selected member of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides guidance on matters of concern to the industry and the IRS, Paul is now a member of the CRS Business Advocacy group that works with the OECD on matters related to the automatic exchange of information (AEOI). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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As general manager of ShipCompliant by Sovos, Larry sets the strategy for the product roadmap and directs the company’s customer-facing activities. With more than 25 years of executive leadership in the creation of cloud computing, software-as-a-service and e-commerce platforms, Larry combines a strong customer-first focus with a deep appreciation for the power of software to simplify complex processes. 

His undergraduate degree in journalism and computer science is from the University of Texas at Austin and his graduate degree in digital marketing is from Rutgers Business School. Larry and his family live in Boulder, Colorado.

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