Management Team

Executive Management Has Nearly 80 Years Combined Experience Delivering Compliance Software & Services in Regulated Industries:

Ardi Batmanghelidj – President and CEO


Over the past 30 years, Ardi Batmanghelidj has held several leadership positions in the software industry. Since 1994 the concentration of Ardi’s work has been in the Life Science vertical with emphasis on regulatory compliance. His extensive hands on experience implementing and integrating ERP, MES, and labeling systems benefits Innovatum customers both in the capabilities of Innovatum software and during the implementation phase of any project. Ardi is a published author and sought after speaker at industry forums, providing expert guidance to the FDA and manufacturers in the area of master data management, labeling and barcoding. Most recently as the Chairman of the AIM North America Healthcare Committee, and as one of the authors of the AIM white paper on UDI, Ardi has been immersed in gauging the impact of serialization and UDI and has been assisting the industry toward compliance.

Ardi Batmanghelidj holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. He has additional IT certifications from the Computer Processing Institute, Boston University, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Dana Buker – Vice President Operations and Quality

danaDana Buker joined Innovatum in April 2002. During his tenure he has established and administered Innovatum’s operational procedures. Also, having been employed in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, he has provided training and guidance to company personnel to facilitate knowledge and understanding of FDA regulations. This translates to the implementation of practices that provide for the compliance needs of Innovatum’s customers.

His 20 plus-year history within the industry has also yielded intra-industry relations with many industry decision makers working at more than 20 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. These relationships have resulted in significant benefits to Innovatum and its customers.

Prior to joining Innovatum, Buker held a variety of staff and management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He has been a purchasing officer, planning supervisor, production supervisor, MRP consultant, business systems manager, and manufacturing systems project leader. His most recent position as an employee in the industry was Information Management Project Team leader at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Buker was instrumental in the highly successful implementation of several validated ERP systems. His last project included implementation of a manufacturing execution systems (MES) aimed at improving manufacturing data control and processes in a pharmaceutical setting using real-time data collection for Weigh & Dispense operations.

Buker has written or contributed to several published articles on the improvement of business processes through technology. One of these articles won a Silver Inkwell award. His professional affiliations include the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) and Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA). Buker has served as an officer of several industry groups, including a term as president of SSA’s Pharmaceutical User Group. Buker holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University, Boston.

Ron Kohlhorst – Vice President Product Development

Ron Kohlhorst joined Innovatum in 2001. He has helped develop all products currently available through Innovatum. Kohlhorst is now in charge of product development within Innovatum. Kohlhorst also manages all support activities for Innovatum’s products, which enjoy an almost 100% satisfaction rating among its customers.

Kohlhorst began working in the information technology industry in 1982. He has provided design, development, conversion, and support services to such companies as Chemical Bank, Fidelity, Eastern Mountain Sports, ITT Sheraton, Marcam Corp., Veryfine Juices, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol Myers Squibb. Working on his own, or as part of a team, Kohlhorst has completed all projects utilizing full project life cycle, extensive documentation and testing strategies, and comprehensive user training.

Kohlhorst also handled all of the production support for three DuPont Pharmaceuticals sites. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Seton Hall University and has additional certifications for client/server programming and web technologies from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.