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Aivars Lode

Rainer Filthaut

Andrew Ward

Aivars Lode

Aivars founded Avantcé, a private equity firm, in September 2001 in order to invest in software companies. Following on from the success of Avantcé, Aivars founded IT Capital.

Over the past seven years Aivars has been instrumental in a number of investments including Robocom Systems International, Radcliffe, Revere Inc., Select Business Solutions, ADT, Aviva Solutions and ROI. In addition to his own investments Aivars has been retained by private equity firms CVC Capital Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Bain Capital and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe to advise on their acquisition strategies in Software. Aivars successfully participated in creating the strategies for companies like IBM’s EDI business, Inovis, Infor and Mincom. Aivars also created a consortium to acquire the major airline cargo space for optimization, this resulted in private equity firms Welsh Carson and General Atlantic investing in 3rd party logistics providers. Aivars currently holds board positions and advises companies such as BTrade, Rite Drive, Position Logic, Big, Profit Path Systems and Knowledge4You.

Prior to founding Avantcé, Aivars was Group President of Descartes Systems Group based in Canada. Descartes is a publicly traded company providing customers with Internet based solutions to manage their complete supply chain. As Group President, Aivars led the company’s global expansion efforts, achieving profitable growth as well as completing the successful acquisition and consolidation of two EDI businesses, TDNI and TranSettlements. He was named Group President in April 2000 after leading Descartes’ successful expansion into the Asia Pacific region as President Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Descartes, Aivars was with Oracle heading Applications Software for Australasia. He led the organization’s change from a direct aggressive customer relationship model to that of a consultative business partner. Aivars first entered the technology industry in 1991, when he joined Dun & Bradstreet Software, an enterprise software solutions provider. During his tenure with DBS he ascended through various management roles and transitioned several divisions from a strategic focus on high growth to that of customer intimacy and operational efficiency. Prior to DBS Aivars held various management positions, including COO, CFO and CIO roles in both public and private corporations.

Throughout his career Aivars has lived in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and has conducted business in most of the industrialized countries in the world. Aivars holds a Bachelors of Business, Accounting from Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia. Aivars is a past member of the Board of Directors at First Bank and Trust of Illinois.

Rainer Filthaut

Ranier has 35 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is a native of Switzerland and currently resides in the United States where he is a real estate broker, Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). During the last 10 years, he has represented European and Middle Eastern investors in more than $400 million in commercial real estate transactions. His current work focuses on residential and commercial brokerage in Southwest Florida where he is actively involved in the community. In addition to serving as owner and broker of IRC International Realty Corporation in Naples, he is a partner in IRC Investor Services LLC, which specializes in consulting and accounting for European investors in Florida. He is a past member of the Management Advisory Board for Northern Trust, Naples and a past member of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, among other accomplishments.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is a senior executive who has managed and directed Software Vendor Service organizations for the past 18 years. With direct experience gathered from Oracle Corporation, EMC Corporation and JDA Software Inc, he has driven best practices and high performance in the disciplines of Consulting, Education, Support and Cloud Delivery. Andrew has focused his career in the Asia Pacific theatre with responsibilities spanning Japan, Korea, Greater China, South East Asia, India and Australia. Residing in Asia for the past 15 years, he has extensive knowledge of the nuances of these complex cultures. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, and has attended Executive Education courses at INSEAD Singapore and Harvard University in Boston.