Northern Light Executive Team
The Northern Light executive team is packed with professionals who are passionate about life in general and our clients’ successes in particular.
C. David Seuss, Chief Executive Officer
David Seuss joined Northern Light in July of 1996, as employee number 18. David describes that time period as when “there were 17 engineers and me in a basement.” David led an employee group in purchasing Northern Light from its corporate parent in 2003. Under David’s leadership, Northern Light has won many industry awards for outstanding products. To name just a few of these, Northern Light was designated “Best of the Web” by US News and World Report, was picked for the “Top 100 Companies That Matter In Knowledge Management” by KMWorld magazine, “Trend Setting Product” by KMWorld Magazine, was designated “a professional researchers dream” by Forbes magazine, and won the “Web Business Award for Online Excellence” from CIO magazine. David is the inventor on Northern Light’s patent on the automated extraction of meaning from research documents, and is the author of “Teaching Search Engines To Interpret Meaning,” Published in the Proceedings of the IEEE in April 2011.
Prior to Northern Light, David was founder and CEO of Spinnaker Software Corporation, which he led from inception to a public, NASDAQ listed company. Before starting Spinnaker, David was a consultant and manager for the Boston Consulting Group, running teams working with global companies on issues of corporate strategy. Between Spinnaker and Northern Light, David co-founded Vannevar Management which provided merger and acquisition consulting and financing assistance to high technology ventures. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer in the chemical industry for Olin Corporation.
David spends his after hours as a nationally-competitive saber fencer, a race car driver (including ten years at the professional level), and amateur musician (www.myspace.com/davidseussmusic). David has an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School.
Jeff Thorne, Chief Technology Officer
Jeff Thorne is responsible for all activities that are involved in creating and delivering Northern Light’s products to the company’s customers. As such, Jeff leads software development, datacenter operations, and IT. Northern Light’s U.S. and offshore development staff report to him. A 30-year IT industry veteran, Jeff has led teams of developers on large software development projects utilizing staff across multiple continents at companies including American Express and First Data. Jeff ran all of IT and development operations for a SaaS-based enterprise software company in the training space. He was responsible for the deployment, training, and maintenance effort for a $100 million Oracle database system at Nucor, a $20 billion steel manufacturer and the largest U.S. producer of steel. Jeff holds an engineering degree and a MBA from Auburn University.
Anton Voskresenskiy, Chief Research Officer
Anton Voskresenskiy is responsible for extending Northern Light’s cutting-edge technology in areas such as text analytics, machine learning, automated analysis of research documents, and new delivery paradigms like mobile-first design. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where prior to joining Northern Light in 2003 he had over 10 years of software engineering experience with a prominent offshore development company leading teams of engineers building applications for U.S. companies. In 2006, he transferred from the St. Petersburg Development Center to Northern Light’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, as Director of Engineering and then as Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Anton holds a BS and a MS in mathematics from the Maritime Technical University of St. Petersburg.
Robert Nelson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Bob Nelson joined Northern Light as its 2nd employee in 1996. Bob is responsible for editorial activities, content strategy, content licensing activities, and publisher relations for over 8,000 news sources, and over 100 market research analyst firms for Northern Light’s content databases. Bob has over 25 years of experience in licensing content from the publishing industry for electronic distribution. Prior to joining Northern Light, Bob served as Director of Product Development for EBSCO Publishing where he negotiated and licensed the electronic rights to over 2,000 titles, managed the payment of royalties, and was responsible for all publisher relationships. He served as President of Wilson – Cambridge, a division of the H.W. Wilson Company where he was responsible for the development of Wilson’s first electronic abstracting products. Bob was co-founder of LaserData , the first company to develop and deploy technology for commercial database publishing on electronic media. Additionally, he served as President of MSH, an international subscription agency serving libraries. Bob has a BA in International Relations from Clark University, an MBA from Clark University, and a MLS from Simmons College. Bob is a Corporator for a prominent community bank in Massachusetts and is active in raising money for charities such as the North Shore YMCA and the Montserrat College of Art.
Sheri Larsen, Vice President of Client Applications
Sheri Larsen joined Northern Light in 1996 as employee number 20. Sheri is responsible for the successful planning and operations of all Northern Light products and custom client applications including program management, client relationship management, and product management. In addition, she manages Northern Light’s marketing and public relations activities. In her tenure at Northern Light Sheri has held several client management, marketing, and operations positions including Director of Product Management and Director of Content Integration. Prior to coming to Northern Light, Sheri managed the operations of the editorial department at EBSCO Publishing developing initiatives to cut costs and increase the production of the creation of full-text articles, abstracts and full-page images of articles from hard copy periodical literature. Sheri has an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College and a BA from Gordon College.
Priscilla Seuss, Vice President of Sales
Priscilla Seuss joined Northern Light in 2000 and is responsible for all sales activities in the company. Priscilla is the primary force behind the building of our strategic research portal client base of global, industry-leading companies. She brings an extensive sales background to Northern Light. In 1982, Priscilla co-founded Spinnaker Software and served as its Vice President of Sales for 12 years where she managed a 40 person sales team that sold to 15,000 mass retail outlets, both direct and through distributors. In addition, she was responsible for the OEM sales force, in-house telemarketing, and sales operations. Between Spinnaker and Northern Light, Priscilla operated a sales consulting business that advised clients and directly sold multi-million dollar advertising programs to national brands. Priscilla started her career at Pitney Bowes as a field sales representative. Priscilla has an MBA from Simmons College, an MA in French from the University of Buffalo, and a BA in French from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Priscilla relaxes and energizes herself through the daily practice of advanced yoga techniques.
Larissa Shabasheva, Vice President of Strategic Research Portal Product Line
Larissa Shabasheva joined Northern Light in 2003 and is responsible for managing the St. Petersburg development office as well as for program management for Northern Light’s European based customers. She coordinates client application deliverables, manages customer and vendor relationships, gathers and organizes client requirements. In addition she provides assessment of project issues in order to develop solutions to meet productivity, quality and client satisfaction goals and objectives. Prior to joining Northern Light Larissa was a Project Manager at Equanex Corporation in the software development group. Prior to Equanex Larissa was Vice President of Production for Animation Magic, division of Vivendi-Universal Games, where she oversaw and managed production of over twenty PC games including top selling NASCAR Racing 3 and 4. In the beginning of her management career, Larissa worked for Panorama Animation Studios where she produced animated cartoons including “Prince Cinders”, “Global Bears Rescue” and many others. Larissa holds an MBA from the Polytechnic University of St. Petersburg and a MS in Chemistry from the University of St. Petersburg. Larissa enjoys skiing and participates in Alpine Masters competitions.
Dmitry Kerov, Vice President of Software Engineering
Dmitry Kerov joined Northern Light in 2004 and is responsible for the development, QA and release of all of Northern Light’s technology platforms of search, classification, text analytics, transaction processing, social computing and content aggregation. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where prior to joining Northern Light he had over 12 years of software engineering experience with prominent offshore development companies building applications for U.S. companies. In 2009, he transferred from the St. Petersburg Development Center to Northern Light’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, as Vice President of Software Engineering. Dmitry holds a BS and a MS in applied mathematics from the St. Petersburg State University of Electrical Engineering (formerly know as the Leningrad Electrical Engineering Institute).
Kerry MacDonald, Vice President of Network Systems
Kerry MacDonald joined Northern Light as Vice President of Network Systems in 2005. He has over 12 years of experience in building global IT organizations for US corporations having delivered large IT projects on-time and on-budget leading teams of highly-skilled IT professionals. Prior to joining Northern Light, Kerry was Director of Network Operations for Vivendi-Universal Games, a $500 million division of Vivendi-Universal where he built and managed all networking infrastructure for the business. Prior to that he was a Director of Global Operations for Cendant Software, a division of Cendant Corporation. In addition, Kerry was previously CTO for Capitol Multimedia, Inc., a public U.S. software company. Kerry has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Northeastern University.
Alden Perkins, Client Applications Program Manager
Alden Perkins is responsible for ensuring that customer needs are satisfied. She coordinates client application deliverables, manages customer and vendor relationships, gathers and organizes client requirements. In addition she provides assessment of project issues in order to develop solutions to meet productivity, quality and client satisfaction goals and objectives. Prior to joining Northern Light, Alden was Director of Program Management at Lumapath, a venture backed start-up that developed a real-time relevance server where she led the implementation of the beta product rollout and delivery. Prior to Lumapath, Alden was a Senior Producer at Learningways, where she led teams in the development of educational software (those Math Blaster products are still out there!). In addition, Alden was a Senior Product Manager at Spinnaker Software where she worked on teams developing productivity software. Alden is an accomplished painter. You can check out her paintings at www.aldenperkins.com. Alden loves vinyassa yoga; her favorite poses are Tree and Headstand. Alden has a BA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.