Our Management & Support Team

Validant’s team members share a common vision of ensuring safe and reliable access to the world’s life-saving healthcare products. They also share the belief that expert strategy should be paired with seamless execution to deliver successful outcomes.

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Brian has over 35 years of experience providing quality, regulatory, medical safety, clinical, and strategic leadership for global healthcare businesses.

Brian Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Burns is Chief Executive Officer and a Quality leader at Validant, based in the New England region. Brian brings deep executive experience in Quality and Regulatory strategy and improvement with a track record of comprehensive quality performance improvement.

Prior to joining Validant, he served as an Executive Vice President of Global Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Haemonetics Corporation and Fresenius Medical Care over the course of five years.  Brian led institutionalizing corporate quality systems for all operational areas and upgraded quality systems to support evolving business needs such as combination products while improving complaint handling, operational metrics, supplier quality, clinical quality, and global quality systems training.

Brian served as Executive Vice President of Global Quality, Medical Safety & Regulatory Affairs of Boston Scientific Corporation for seven years.  Brian was responsible for quality assurance for Boston Scientific’s businesses worldwide and served as company liaison to all compliance bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Union Competent Authorities, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.

Previously, Brian held various Quality Assurance, Operational, and General Manager roles with Cardinal Healthcare, Allegiance Healthcare, and Baxter Healthcare. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas.

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Brian Burns

Chief Executive Officer

 

Purvi Chekuri

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Purvi has more than 20 years of financial management and executive leadership experience within the corporate accounting arena.

Purvi Chekuri

Senior Vice President, Finance, Technology & Operations

Purvi Chekuri focuses on the leadership of all aspects of our financial affairs, including corporate accounting, financial planning and analysis, and oversight of tax, treasury, and insurance. She is based out of our headquarters in San Francisco.

With more than 20 years of financial management and executive leadership experience within the corporate accounting arena, Purvi is highly skilled in communicating the parameters of complex business transactions and strategic initiatives to both front line leaders and senior executives. A passionate champion of using automation to drive efficiencies, she’s been instrumental in several key system implementations for Validant.

Purvi was previously the Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the Newport Group, a leading provider of retirement plans, insurance, and consulting services. She also held key positions at Quark Biotech and Docent, Inc., where she was instrumental in preparing the company’s SEC filings for its Initial Public Offering. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed CPA in the State of California.

Purvi Chekuri

Purvi Chekuri

Senior Vice President, Finance, Technology & Operations

 

Sanny Kataoka

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Sanny has more than 17 years of experience assisting innovative companies with all aspects of their legal affairs.

Sanny Kataoka

General Counsel

Sanny Kataoka focuses on strategic oversight and implementation of our global legal activities and policies. She is based out of our headquarters in San Francisco.

Sanny previously served as Senior Counsel at the technology-centric firm Paragon Legal, assisting some of San Francisco’s most innovative companies with all aspects of their legal affairs. Prior to that, she was U.S. Senior Counsel at Novadios, LLC, and a litigator at several esteemed Bay Area firms, including Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she focused on employment law.

Sanny served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District. She is fluent in Cantonese and can speak Mandarin conversationally. Sanny holds a Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where she was a Joseph Drown Foundation Scholar.

Sanny Kataoka

Sanny Kataoka

General Counsel

 

Helm Siegel

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Helm has nearly 20 years of experience as a senior services management professional with a proven track record of achieving results.

Helm Siegel

VP, Client Engagement

As a Vice President for Validant, Helm is responsible for project and personnel management associated with critical initiatives within leading Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology organizations.

Working exclusively within these FDA-regulated Life Sciences industries, Helm partners directly with each Client’s technical leadership to deploy the most appropriate mix of tactical and strategic consulting resources for any phase of the product lifecycle. Ranging from a single Subject Matter Expert to matrixed groups across multiple divisions, these resources work side-by-side with each client’s teams to support the planning and execution of critical quality systems, product development, manufacturing, engineering, and cGMP regulatory compliance activities.

Before joining Validant, Helm held positions of increasing responsibility within Research, Technical Recruitment and Business Development for Harvey Nash, a UK based executive search and professional recruitment firm serving clients in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. With over 30 offices worldwide, Harvey Nash provides specialized executive search, IT professional services and IT staffing to clients in the technology, finance and banking, health care, manufacturing, and government sectors.

Helm holds a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Helm Siegel

Helm Siegel

VP, Client Engagement

 

Theodore Hellen

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Theodore brings over 12 years of business experience in healthcare and professional services.

Theodore Hellen

VP, Client Engagement

As Vice President of Client Engagement, Theodore leads Client & Talent Engagement globally and has overall responsibility for account management and talent delivery & management across all sectors of Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Device & Diagnostics.

Working exclusively within these FDA regulated life science industries, they partner with client leadership to deploy the most appropriate mix of execution and strategic consulting resources for any phase of the product lifecycle. Ranging from a single Subject Matter Expert to matrixed groups across multiple divisions, these resources work side-by-side with each client’s teams to support the planning and execution of critical regulatory, quality, and cGMP compliance initiatives.

Previously Theodore was responsible for the development of our European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, where he cultivated business relationships across EMEA regions, grew and led a team of Client and Talent Engagement associates, and led critical business processes and partnerships across EMEA.

Theodore holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Theodore Hellen

Theodore Hellen

VP, Client Engagement

 

Colm Coveney

Client Engagement Director

Colm Coveney

Colm Coveney

Client Engagement Director

 

Colin Larsen

Sr Client Engagement Manager

Colin Larsen

Colin Larsen

Sr Client Engagement Manager

 

Mara Mitchell

Client Engagement Director

Mara Mitchell

Mara Mitchell

Client Engagement Director

 

John Tritschler

Client Engagement Director

John Tritschler

John Tritschler

Client Engagement Director

 

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