CORE’s Leadership Team

Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced executives. Working with each other and with our employees, their knowledge and experience come together to make a difference for all our stakeholders – customers, employees, investors and communities.

Meet our Leaders

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Chief Executive Officer

As an integrity-driven, highly collaborative leader with an open, no-surprises approach, Dan has assembled, transformed, and led high-performing teams throughout his career. As the critical lead for CORE, Dan has enabled the organization to propel transformative growth. Dan has built a data-driven, forward-looking culture that supports key stakeholders, from customers, prospects, to employees. Prior to joining CORE, Dan spent his career at Naviga, Digital Technology International and Firstlogic.

Raj Lakhani


Chief Financial Officer

With a tremendous record of establishing cross-functional partnerships to drive optimal results at technology/software/SaaS/Services companies, Raj now oversees the accounting, financial planning and analysis, HR, treasury, IT, audit, legal, and tax functions at CORE. Prior to joining CORE, Raj spent his career at IBM, Microsoft and Wolters Kluwer and at Private Equity backed enterprises – in both finance and software engineering functions.

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Chief Innovation Officer

Alan has more than twenty-five years of experience leading engineering teams in the design, development, and support of enterprise software for the government, healthcare, and fintech industries. Alan has a passion for leveraging process and technology to improve individuals’ lives – both for clients as well as for internal teams at CORE. Prior to CORE, Alan co-founded eGov Strategies LLC.

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Vice President, Client Operations

With over 25 years in Professional Services, Customer Support, and Development, Hiren has been passionate about taking care of customers and ensuring their satisfaction by delivering proven services, outstanding customer support, and well-tested products that allow for maximum productivity. At CORE, Hiren has successfully led Professional Services, Support, and Implementations teams and built successful vendor relationships. Prior to joining CORE, Hiren spent his career at SunGard and Superion.

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Vice President, Marketing

Focused on CORE’s strategic brand management and marketing strategies, Shash brings with her decades of full-funnel marketing expertise. From brand management, messaging and positioning, partner and direct marketing and sales enablement, Shash oversees the Marketing team at CORE. Hyper focused on strengthening CORE’s market position and brand awareness, Shash drives the marketing strategies to achieve desired business goals. Prior to CORE, Shash spent her career at Cigna, BidSync, Dell/EMC, Workfront, and Instructure.

Our Payments Practice Executives

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President, AMS Division

With over 30 years of entrepreneurial success and strategic vision in public and private sector payment solutions, Dan has a stellar history of implementing and directing the organizations operational and fiscal performance. With CORE, he is now specifically focused on expanding existing strategic partnerships and new sales initiatives with CORE’s products. As the founder of Automated Merchant Systems, Inc. (AMS), Dan will leverage his expertise to analyze and make recommendations on the impact of long-range growth initiatives, planning, and introduction of new strategies and regulatory actions.

john tharpe


Executive Vice President | Payment Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

With over 30 years of experience in banking and payments, John’s diverse background ranges from accounting & banking platform integrations, strategic payment consulting, PayFac acquisition & aggregation models (PSP/PF), mobile payments & wallets, eCommerce ecosystems, payment gateways, SaaS POS and terminal manufacturing to developing nascent payment solutions & software. Prior to joining CORE, John spent his career at Sage, IntelliPay, Bank of America, and Spindle.

Brian Voight


Executive Vice President | Payment Risk, Compliance & Operations

With over 30 years of payments and financial services related experience, Brian’s background spans multiple areas such as developing and managing teams in Risk, Operations, Program Management, Product Strategy, Product Management, Strategic Business Development and Sales. At CORE, Brian leverages his experience to manage risk and compliance efforts while leading a talented Payments Operations organization. Prior to joining CORE, Brian spent his career at MerchantE, FIS -Worldpay, First Data (Fiserv) and Bank of America.

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