GGA Management Team
Richard Golob: President and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Golob has extensive experience working with companies that are developing complex software applications and that are undertaking large databases and content-based projects. With a background that spans the publishing, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and financial worlds, Richard understands the technical, scientific, and business needs of GGA's clients. Prior to co-founding GGA, he served as interim president and chief executive officer of two software companies and as a board member of numerous early-stage technology companies. Previously, Richard was a leading expert in the environmental and energy fields, where he consulted for the United Nations, worked for national governments such as Kuwait and Mozambique, and wrote a critically acclaimed book on renewable energy technologies. He has served as an adviser to the venture capital firm Charles River Ventures and as chairman of an advisory group at the Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, he serves as president and board member of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, and as board member of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England. Richard graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in biochemical sciences.
Vitaliy Aronov: Chief Technology Officer
For more than 30 years, Vitaliy Aronov has directed complex software development projects with a focus on content-rich scientific information systems and enterprise-level experiment management and data analysis applications. Prior to co-founding GGA, Vitaliy worked as a Software Development Director at Elsevier MDL, a world leader in discovery informatics. With a strong mathematical and software development background and with extensive project management experience, Vitaliy ensures that GGA projects are executed on time and budget and in accordance with client requirements. Vitaliy graduated from St. Petersburg State University with M.S. degree in applied mathematics and worked in senior management roles in information technology related to the Russian defense industry for over ten years prior to moving to the United States in 1993.
Yuriy Gankin, Ph.D.: Chief Scientific Officer
Yuriy Gankin has a deep background in the development of scientific software applications and the creation and maintenance of scientific databases. With 17 years of experience working with global companies in the realm of scientific informatics, he has become expert at translating client needs into requirements, and developing sophisticated yet user-friendly software products and content databases. Yuriy has served as Content Database Development Director at Elsevier MDL, managing the development of toxicology, pharmacology, and material science databases. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Tufts University and received a M.S. in Physical Chemistry from St. Petersburg Chemical Technology University. As part of his graduate and post-doctoral research, Yuriy developed and patented original algorithms and hardware for rapid compound identification by spectrometry. He has co-authored over 15 scientific papers and three monographs on scientific algorithm development, modeling, and chemical bonding, kinetics, and catalysis.
Bob Kramich: Chief Business Development Officer
Bob Kramich brings to GGA more than two decades of experience building long-term, high-value client relationships in the IT outsourcing and global electronics industries. With a background spanning sales, operations, and delivery management, Bob understands the needs of world-class companies seeking globally distributed software engineering and IT services solutions. Prior to joining GGA, Bob served as President of U.S. Operations for Dextrys, a Chinese IT outsourcing company owned by Francisco Partners, a leading global private equity firm. During Bob’s tenure, Dextrys established itself as the premier U.S.-based Chinese IT services and software engineering outsourcing company with a team of more 1,000 professionals. Prior to Dextrys, Bob led business development for Converge, a $500-million global provider of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Bob is currently a member of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program and holds a B.A. degree in English from Tufts University and a M.B.A. degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.