Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Convera will be led by Patrick Gauthier, who most recently served as Head of Amazon Pay, as CEO. Additionally, Drew Weinstein will join as Chief Commerical Officer, Dharmesh Syal as Chief Technology Officer, and Jody Visser as Chief Transformation Officer.

Patrick, Drew, Dharmesh and Jody are excited to join existing senior members of the Western Union Business Solutions leadership team after close, providing the consistency and continuity that our customers, counterparties and employees have come to expect.

The entire Convera team is committed to relentlessly serving business customers of all sizes by powering smarter money movements across the globe.

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Patrick Gauthier

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Gauthier is Chief Executive Officer of Convera. 

Patrick is a long time fintech specialist with senior leadership roles at Amazon, PayPal, and Visa, along with early and mid-stage payments and eCommerce startups. He has deep expertise developing high performance teams and building high growth businesses. Patrick holds several patents related to payment systems and is a recognized thought leader on the future of commerce and payments, with recurring appearances on CNBC, and at industry conferences. He has held positions on the Board of Directors of multiple venture backed startups across mobile, security, eCommerce and identity domains. 

Patrick lives in Seattle, Washington and holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from Telecom SudParis in France.

Drew Weinstein

Chief Commercial Officer

Drew Weinstein is Chief Commercial Officer of Convera. 

Drew is responsible for leading Convera’s global go-to-market activities. He is trusted with understanding our customer’s most important money movement needs, and delivering innovative solutions. Drew has spent the majority of his career at the forefront of fintech innovation. An expert in payments and money movement, Drew has excelled in both start-ups and mature institutions. With a passion for building and developing diverse teams and a data-driven approach toward corporate strategy and development, Drew shapes Convera’s growth strategy. 

Drew lives in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Brown University and holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

Dharmesh Syal

Chief Technology Officer

Dharmesh Syal is Chief Technology Officer of Convera.

Dharmesh has over 30 years of experience heading up global product and engineering teams to build digital platform-based businesses. An experienced CTO, he has managed large technology platform and ecosystem-based product portfolios that use continuous user research and product/market fit processes in highly regulated industries. He joins Convera from BCG Digital Ventures where he was CTO and Managing Director. In addition, he has also held leadership roles with IBM, PwC, AT&T and Mahindra & Mahindra group.

Dharmesh lives in Seattle, Washington and holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering from NIT, India and has completed several management education programs.

Jody Visser

Chief Transformation Officer

Jody Visser is Chief Transformation Officer of Convera.

In her role, Jody is responsible for supporting Convera’s business to become the world’s leading B2B payments company. She joins Convera from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she was a Managing Director and Partner focused on advising global payments and financial services clients for the past 20 years. Her areas of specialization include commercial payments, customer centric business strategy, new product development, go-to-market transformation, brand, marketing effectiveness, big data and target operating model redesign.

Jody lives in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors in Economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.