Meet The Team
Ahsan AwanChief Executive Officer
Ahsan Awan is a founder, Board Director, and CEO of LNQ Systems, as well as the founder and CEO of American Presswire. He is the former CEO of Occulex, an augmented reality medical device and imaging technology developer, and former CEO of Global CINRG, a multinational biopharma CRO. He also served as founding Director of the Clinical Trials Division of Pharmalink, Inc., a pharmaceutical product reverse distributor, as well as Director of Development at California Northstate University.
Mr. Awan caused operational growth that lead to successful contingent resourcing efforts in nearly 100 different countries and involving nearly 200 pharmaceutical products over a 10 year period. His achievements and success in pharmaceuticals and healthcare have been acknowledged in PharmaVioce Magazine, where he was a member of the prestigious PharmaVoice 100 in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. He brought seasoned software development, clinical development, contingent workforce and outsourcing leadership experience to the Clinical Trials Division of PharmaLink, where he was the principal architect of the TRAPS™ Supply Chain Management and drug accountability software system. He also led a CNU team that developed one of the most innovative governance systems and curricular models for medical education in the world. He attended the University of Oregon, The George Washington University, and the University of Florida.
Mr. Awan serves as a Key Opinion Leader and Consultant to numerous Wall Street hedge and mutual funds, investment banks and firms, as well as a handful of private and public companies involved in technology, software, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical device, and other related enterprises.
Neil ManningChief Operating Officer
Neil Manning is a founder, Board Director, and COO of LNQ Systems, an Executive Director of American Presswire, and Manager of Professional Services at a fortune 500 software development firm. He is a former project executive at EPIQ Systems, a legal services firm that facilitated numerous large Class Action lawsuits including the creation of software to process claims, determine awards, and deliver payments to class members.
Mr. Manning is a key client relationship manager. His achievements and success in the legal and technology fields have been widely recognized. His teams represent anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of his division’s revenue, and he has been trusted with the most complex projects and largest team oversight. Some of the major class action cases Mr. Manning oversaw include: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, In Re Managed Care Litigation, and Hurricane Katrina Insurance Mediations. More recently, Mr. Manning has moved into the technology development field working with top tier Banks and Credit Unions developing technological solutions to help ease the movement of money, provide simple solutions to assist banks in the move away from the brick and mortar and into the virtual space, retaining and building end-users, and increasing revenue 10-fold. He attended the University of Oregon, the University of Portland, and holds numerous leadership and management certificates.
Mr. Manning serves as a Key Opinion Leader and Consultant to Wall Street hedge and mutual funds, investment banks and companies involved in banking, financial technology, software development, and other related business sectors.
Alison OstendorfChief Product Officer
Alison Ostendorf is a founder, Board Director, and CXO of LNQ Systems, as well as the founder of Responsive Redesign, and founder of Conscious Office Inc., a business products supplier focused on green supply chain and scalable environmental sustainability. She is a former licensed real estate agent in the state of New York, as well as a highly experienced laboratory scientist focused on optical fluorescence and confocal microscopy focused on improving targeting and mapping of cell activity and interaction. Ms. Ostendorf is also an experienced lighting design and stage management expert with nearly a decade of experience involving over 120 different shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.
Ms. Ostendorf is a self-taught coder responsible for software that automates the investment property location process. She oversees a rapidly growing agency responsible for the development of a half dozen disruptive technologies as well as FundImpact.io, a site that aids investors with the identification and location of social ventures they’re passionate about. At the age of 20, she was considered a confocal and fluorescence microscopy expert and was teaching PhD students. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Merritt College.
Ms. Ostendorf is a member of the Social Venture Network and the American Sustainable Business Council. She serves as a Key Opinion Leader and Consultant to Wall Street hedge and mutual funds, investment banks and firms, as well as a handful of companies involved in technology, software, real estate, and various other enterprises.
Matthew WoodgetChief Marketing Officer
Matthew Woodget is the CMO of LNQ Systems, as well as the founder and Chief Strategist of Go Narrative, a strategic marketing enterprise focused on business storytelling. He is a former SVP of Emphatic Thinking, and a former Senior Manager at Microsoft. He has also held multiple positions at Intel Corp.
Mr. Woodget is an award winning marketing campaign producer whose work has been directly responsible for more than doubling enterprise revenue. He has successfully filed a patent and led the launch of a near billion dollar Microsoft subsidiary. He has also led global partnerships with the Lotus Formula One auto racing team, and he has overseen global events catering to nearly 200,000 customers. He attended the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K.
Mr. Woodget serves as a Key Opinion Leader and Consultant to numerous Wall Street hedge and mutual funds, investment banks and firms, as well as a handful of private and public companies involved in technology, software, and a number of other enterprises.
Bobby KauraChief Strategy Officer
Bobby is the CSO of LNQ Systems, as well as an Associate Director of Market Business Development at Illumina Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of genomics technologies. He has spent numerous years at the nexus of healthcare and technology, leading and delivering initiatives to achieve better outcomes for patients. He recently left the NHS sector, and prior to that was the Head of Strategy and Marketing at Thermaprox, as well as the former UK Healthcare Strategist and Program Lead, Chief of Staff, and Strategic Projects Manager for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, one of the world’s largest and most respected biopharma and health science enterprises.
Bobby has spent years overseeing high level corporate strategy both externally as it relates to policy and communication, as well as internally as it relates to the confluence of science, finance and IT. He has successfully secured investment from the Sustainability Transformation Fund bringing about improved access to care for patients , as well as authoring a paper on thermal mass and the cold supply chain to support grant applications from the Gates Foundation, GAVI and UNESCO. He has extensive experience in conceiving and transforming strategy in to operational deliverables, developing business use cases, writing white papers, and working with complex data analytics. He attended the University of London.
Bobby serves as an Advisor and Consultant to numerous Accelerators, as well as a handful of private and public companies involved in technology, healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
James GleasonChief Financial Officer
James Gleason is a Board Director and CFO of LNQ Systems, as well as a Senior Manager of Operations Finance at Masimo Corp., a leading publicly-traded medical technology company. He is a former Finance Manager and Senior Analyst at Ciena Corp. and MetLife, former VP of Finance at Digital Broadband, Inc., and a former finance consultant with significant experience at Ingram Micro, Taco Bell Corp, El Pollo Loco, and Diedrich Coffee.
Mr. Gleason oversees development and management of a $300MM annual operating expense budget and conducts capital planning and ROI analysis for $100MM of annual capital purchases for a $600MM global enterprise where he supports budgeting and forecasting for R&D, G&A, Marketing and Sales functions. He has overseen financial management and expense tracking of $100MM new building purchase and construction project, development of a $30MM marketing and advertising budget, development of a $12MM annual IT budget and operating plan, as well as development and oversight of product lifecycle, product warranty, and multinational production inventory. He has also provided strategic development and support for companies like Ford, Visteon, Kaiser, Shell Oil, and PG&ambp;E. He attended the University of Oregon and the University of Southern California.
Mr. Gleason serves as a Key Opinion Leader and Consultant to numerous Wall Street hedge and mutual funds, investment banks and firms, as well as a handful of private and public companies involved in technology, healthcare, medical device, and other related enterprises.
Matt ZlaketDirector of Product Design
Matt Zlaket is the Director of Product Design for LNQ Systems, owner and operator of Close Curtain, a highly rated regional digital design firm, a musician and vocalist with over 700 recorded tracks who performs with touring musical act M2 and The People, and a professional sports photographer associated with American Presswire. He is a former Project Coordinator at Special Order Systems, an IP telephony-focused IT firm focused on providing advanced voice and data solutions to small and medium size businesses, and he worked for US Bancorp where he managed commercial cash vault activity across Northern California.
Mr. Zlaket is an experienced agile project manager and cross-functional operations leader, as well as a creative problem solver and content creator. His achievements and success in web development, digital design and branding have been well recognized throughout the region, and he has been trusted with multiple high profile commercial projects. More recently, Mr. Zlaket has moved into the technology development field working with enterprise class mobile application development and APIs. A native of Northern California, Mr. Zlaket attended Sierra College.