Viresh ChanaFounding Partner
"My vision is simple: Dominate every sector we choose to serve with the highest level of integrity and creativity."
Viresh founded Connor with the goal of developing a strong brand that is trusted by our customers, a place where the team is a family, and an organization that competitors fear. Viresh has been serving clients in the contract compliance space for over 15 years, having started his career with EY before starting Connor. With a habit of consistently challenging the status quo, Viresh also founded Ruvixx – a platform that is reimagining the way IP centric organizations collaborate, manage and share data, derive insights and actionable analytics, and apply machine learning and AI. He is motivated to succeed by helping honest businesses thrive.
"Current affairs, politics, travel, cycling and spending time family and friends—the more the merrier."
“We are building a business with the vision that we deliver a better quality service and experience to our clients. It’s a vision we truly believe in.”
Simon’s career in license compliance services has spanned a variety of companies and geographies; his experience is truly unique in the compliance industry. Today, as a partner of Connor Australia, he brings to his work a well-honed ability to understand the complexities of compliance programs and advise programs of all maturity on the challenges faced to drive successful outcomes.
“I’m a keen motorsport enthusiast, and my kids are fast becoming fans as well. I see a potential hobby in motorsport, although I’m not sure that I should be the one driving...”
"What motivates me is knowing that I am bringing value to the people I work with: colleagues, clients and licensees."
Adriana has provided auditing and advisory services for Connor’s clients around the world. She feels she embodies Connor’s values by bringing a passion for outcomes to her work, as well as a desire to provide relevant, highly customized client services.
"I like to travel, explore new experiences, try out tasty foods, be healthy and do my small part to ensure a future for our planet."
Rich ReyesExecutive Vice President - Software Advisory Services
"At Connor, your success is our success. We take pride in developing long-lasting client relationships that help you manage compliance risks, while delivering actionable insights and improving your bottom line."
Rich is a seasoned thought leader with Big-4, software vendor, and Fortune 100 industry experience. His distinct but equally important lenses on software compliance and license management provide tremendous value to the global clients we serve. As EVP of the Software Advisory Practice, he helps companies mitigate vendor licensing risks and optimize IT supplier spend through practical, agile and cost-effective programs. Rich also oversees Global Alliances & Partnerships for the firm and he’s a frequent speaker at IT industry events.
"I love exploring the world with my wife and 2 boys, trekking and eating our way through towns. A few of our favorite countries so far have been Costa Rica, the Philippines and France."
Sharon ChengManaging Director
"We build relationships with our clients. We don’t just work for them; we’re invested in their success."
Sharon brings significant accounting and operations experience to Connor, where working with smart people keeps her challenged every day. She feels the collective experience of the people at Connor is what makes the company different: More than just another consulting company, she believes Connor adds value by genuinely caring about our clients and the outcome.
"Seeing and experiencing the world and all the diversity it has to offer. Also, food around the world and dinner parties at home."
David GettelmanManaging Director
"I love the passion and diversity of our team and how we all come together to provide real value to clients from all over the globe."
David's clients praise his professionalism, accessibility, transparency and meticulous nature, which helps maximize clients’ return on investment. Before joining Connor, David distinguished himself as a top performing resource at Ernst & Young, focusing on third party contract compliance and helping clients improve their processes and performance. David is based in San Francisco, and has a bachelor of science in commerce from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame with Magna Cum Laude distinction for both degrees.
"Spending time with my family, learning, travelling and being active and enjoying the outdoors."
"It means a lot to me to make an impact. Connor allows me to take every opportunity to be creative and innovative in my approach."
Lee is currently on his way to becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor, and although it is unrelated to his work at Connor, he is committed to broadening his horizons. It’s this drive for diverse skills that Lee believes makes the company special. In his view, the combination of the right experience and abilities on a team creates synergies that deliver the most efficient and effective client service.
"Learning and development. I believe it is important to continuously challenge myself and recognize room for improvement."
Amanda ShulerSenior Manager
"Connor provides a more personalized experience. Most of our clients have met everyone on our team and interact with us frequently."
Amanda is challenged every day by the diversity of projects at Connor. She brings her exceptional professional skepticism to constantly challenge status quo and to aim for perfection in everything Connor does. Her experience on the licensor side adds a fresh perspective to the team. She enjoys building close relationships with clients based on mutual understanding and trust.
"Travel and experiencing new things. If I don’t have a trip planned somewhere, I probably have one in the works."
“At Connor, we are like a big family. We travel together, work together, and of course, laugh together.”
Vicky’s background is in real estate strategy and analysis, which enables her to bring a different perspective in data analytics to Connor’s work. She feels Connor's difference lies in its specialism in both compliance and people. She relishes and excels in opportunities to build relationships with teammates, clients and licensees, which is instrumental in Connor’s growth.
"Learning from the different types of people I see and interact with every day."
"The flexibility of our company, and learning new things about the industry."
Chris enjoys working for a company she says feels like a family. She appreciates how her colleagues come together to support one another, build on each other's energy and share great ideas. Chris works hard to pass that feeling onto clients and licensees, taking the time to address their individual issues and overcoming any obstacles.
"Our highly intelligent and talented team makes us a market leader. Our flexible working environment means I can work and still have a life."
As a software license compliance manager for Connor, Tat brings over 10 years experience in the field. He currently oversees projects in Australia, Japan and New Zealand for clients such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Micro Focus, Autodesk, and Wind River Systems. Based in Sydney, Australia, Tat holds a degree in software engineering, and is well versed in multiple programming languages.
"Connor encourages all of its employees to excel and be the best that we can. Our prospective clients should be assured that the overall quality and standard of our work is upheld across our teams."
Dean relishes his work at Connor because it's both highly specialized and team-centric. He brings years of experience in risk management, contract compliance, and project management to his work. Coupled with his results-oriented, self-motivated attitude, these skills enable him to be an integral part of Connor’s unparalleled client service.
"Family. Growing up as a second generation Asian-American, I was always emphasized the importance of family and its values."
"The people make the difference for me."
Christine graduated from UCLA with a major in business economics and minor in accounting. Christine spent 5+ years at a Big Four accounting firm and has enjoyed the change to Connor where she feels less encumbered by hierarchy and structure and empowered to put her ideas into practice.
"Being out in nature and enjoying the sunshine."
Stephen LeeSenior Associate
“Connor doesn’t just believe in excelling professionally. It believes in in excelling personally by giving back to the community.”
During his time at Connor, Stephen has met numerous new colleagues and friends. To him, what sets the firm apart is the relationships Connor people have with each other. These strong bonds then translates a strong team mentality, he says, which fosters a better result for clients. Stephen also loves being able to share with his colleagues the many travel opportunities Connor affords.
"I’m passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. When I travel to a new place, I like to experience life as a local would."
Motoki AiharaSenior Associate
"I like working with highly skilled professionals, and I’m motivated by their recognition and appreciation of what I have to offer."
Motoki, who comes to Connor from big 4 accounting firms, appreciates the specialized audit focus of his new workplace. This focus is what makes the quality of work better at Connor, he says, and although Connor is smaller, it is better recognized among clients and licensees for its expertise.
“When I have free time, I love to practice martial arts.”
“At Connor, I am surrounded by brilliant people who share their positive energy and help me grow personally and professionally.”
Ana brings significant banking and risk management experiences into the Connor team. For Ana, some of the best moments at Connor happen outside of work. She loves the closeness of the team and their regular happy hours and social events, which allow her to get to know her colleagues on a personal level. She feels these interactions lead to greater support and positivity at work.
Jay BuckManaging Director
"I'm so proud to be part of an extremely talented team with Big-4 experience, global reach and the confidence of Fortune 500 companies."
Jay has deep experience, and expertise in compliance. Jay started his career at Adobe Systems where he held various positions in sales and leadership roles in compliance including focused efforts in EMEA and APJ. He then moved to Micro Focus where he led the worldwide Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) compliance organization, then taking the role of senior director of license verification, driving the integration of the heritage Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Micro Focus compliance teams into one cohesive unit.
"My family, travel and skiing."
"My coworkers have deep industry experience and I feel like I'm working with the best."
Born and raised in Utah, Richie Connolly graduated from BYU with a BS in finance. Richie loves spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, running and participating in races, playing the guitar, and golf.
"I find meaning in life through my faith, family, meeting new people, exploring new cultures and through meaningful experiences and adventures. One love!"
Russell LewisSenior Manager
"Here I can pursue new approaches in software asset management with a team eager to build new business and explore new opportunities."
Russell has deep experience in the fields of compliance and risk. At Deloitte, Russell was part of their 3rd Party Risk Group working on software vendor license compliance and software asset management projects. He then joined the Attachmate Group working in their Vendor Compliance Groups. From there Russell moved to work in enhancing existing license programs and developing new and innovative strategies for managing customer compliance, roles he performed for the Attachmate Group, Micro Focus and Quest Software.
"I'm most passionate about my family and exploring the world with them."
"I love the variety and that my job challenges me every day in different ways."
Cher has over 10 years of experience in the banking and life insurance industries, working as a data analyst and in marketing and sales support. When she's not on the job, Cher loves traveling and exploring new places with her family.
"My passion is to be good at what I do. To lead a good life, find the best in myself."
"The team at Connor encourages me to excel and embrace challenges as we all learn from each other."
Alice was born in Taiwan and has lived in several cities including Kuala Kumpur, NYC, London and Taipei. She has an undergraduate degree in finance from Penn State University and a Master's degree in management from Cass Business School in the UK. Alice previously worked at Deloitte Taiwan as an assistant manager under the Risk Advisory Department, providing contract risk & compliance services such as royalty inspections and distributor audits. Prior to Deloitte, Alice worked at PwC Taiwan in their tax agent services team.
"I like to travel, cook, and keep a healthy and active lifestyle. Since we travel a lot for work, on weekends when I’m home I like to spend quality time with family and friends."
Harsh AdvaniSenior Manager
"At Connor you collaborate with the best brains and learn as you grow."
With more than 10 years of auditing experience, providing expertise in building and managing software compliance and software asset management programs Harsh has helped save millions of dollars in revenue recovery and cost savings. Prior to joining Connor, Harsh worked at Deloitte as a manager in their Extended Enterprise Risk Management advisory practice. Harsh holds a bachelor of technology in information systems, and has an MBA in finance.
"Being able to provide efficient and precise solutions to client problems."
Alex JostenSenior Associate
"I love the open collaboration. Everyone in the company is accessible and eager to help and provide value. "
Alex is born and raised in San Jose, CA, and graduated from the University of Oregon with majors in finance and economics. He is an avid fan of all Bay Area sports teams, and loves attending live sporting events and concerts.
"Meeting people from different cultures and walks of life is something I truly enjoy, in addition to seeing the world's wonders and trying delicious new cuisines."
Alecsandra VintilescuSenior Associate
"I love the diversity at Connor. We always get creative solutions to solve even the most difficult tasks."
Alecsandra has over 6 years of experience in software license management and compliance auditing. She started with one of the major software vendors in the IT industry and progressed to help large companies stay compliant and pass software audits from different software providers. Managing software licenses for customers has a considerable impact on their spending and savings and Alecsandra puts a lot of time and effort to understanding their business and software needs.
"I enjoy myself the most when I travel and explore other cultures, try new dishes, meet local people and have a bit of understanding about how these people live. Obviously, when I am not working, I am busy planning my next trips!"
"I love the energy and enthusiasm in Connor and how we emphasize relationship building, both internally and with our clients."
Willie grew up in Malaysia, and thought he had a high tolerance for the winter in the U.S. until he moved to the East Coast for college. After spending four years of college and two years working in New York, he realized that snow wasn’t for him and moved to the west coast where he now works in Connor’s San Francisco office.
"I am most passionate about understanding new culture while also promoting my own and meeting new people while solidifying ongoing friendships."
Megan ChenSenior Associate
"Connor's team of diverse backgrounds make it strong and unique."
Born in Taiwan, Megan moved received her bachelors degree in Canada. She began her career with positions at PwC and Ernst and Young providing tax guarantor and tax compliance services to foreign institutional investors (FINIs). She likes to watch movies, swim, spend time with her cat, and her most recent interest trying out vegetarian restaurants!
"Visiting new places and trying new things!"
Jim PaiSenior Associate
"Connor provides me the opportunity to work and meet people around the world."
Born and raised in Taiwan, Jim graduated from Taiwan's National ChengChi University with a degree in international business. He is a licensed CPA in the United States and holds an MBA from Cornell University. Jim previously worked at Deloitte in Taiwan as an assistant manager in the International Tax Groups where he provided individual tax services for Taiwan and US nationals, global mobility services, and tax agent services to foreign institutional investors. Major clients include multinational companies from technology and banking industries.
"In my leisure time, I like to play video games, especially Blizzard games. Also, I like to play board games and strategy games like chess and Go."
Anthony HargreavesManaging Director - IT Security Advisory
"At Connor, we understand that security and compliance is the currency of trust. We are here to deliver that to your organization in an effective, scalable and sustainable fashion."
Anthony has over 20 years of experience in IT security and compliance services built over time at Big 4, within industry and middle market firms. Anthony will focus on data governance, vendor compliance programs, SOC2 attestation and IT services. Based out of Seattle, he has a Master’s in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales and is focusing on using technology to automate compliance.
"I'm originally from Australia so really enjoy the outdoors that the Pacific North West has to offer. From Seattle in 45 mins you can be mountain biking, hiking, sailing or snowboarding. I have 2 boys who love camping, dirt bikes and fishing. We love exploring nature and getting amongst it."