Meet our Executive Team

James H. Gellert

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

James H. Gellert is the Chairman and CEO of RapidRatings International. Previously, he was the Managing Partner of Howland Partners, LLC and Howland Securities LLC—firms that provided consulting, business development, capital raising, and M&A advisory to companies in the financial information and technology markets. Prior…MORE

John R. D’Aleo


John D’Aleo comes to RapidRatings with broad and diverse Fintech experience having worked for 25 years in the space. Most recently he held the global role of Chief Operating Officer at ION Trading, responsible for process transformation, data alignment and aggregation, organizational design, and strategy within…MORE

Douglas Cameron

Vice Chairman

Douglas Cameron is a longtime entrepreneur who has been involved in capital raising and managing private companies for more than 20 years. Douglas began his career in investing and consulting when he founded Cygnet Investment in 1995, an Australia-based, boutique capital advisory and structured finance…MORE

Nitin K. Walia

Chief Operating Officer

Nitin K. Walia ensures RapidRatings’ client-centric focus, driving strategy to best serve our clients’ experience and growth. He brings expertise in strategy, quantitative analysis, and operations to his role as the head of Client Success, Private Data Operations & Analytics, the group of teams that deliver and…MORE

Dave Lawless

Chief Technology Officer

Dave Lawless is responsible for leading RapidRatings’ development center in Dublin, as well as working on creating new technology products and helping to expand the company’s international footprint. Before joining RapidRatings, Dave worked at the Bank of Ireland where he helped solved technical issues in…MORE

Vanesa Divkovic

Chief Client Officer

Vanesa ensures RapidRatings’ client-centric focus, overseeing the Client Success teams directly responsible for maintaining trusted relationships with our global enterprise clients and FHR Exchange members. She leads teams focused on maximizing client value throughout the customer lifecycle, from onboarding and deployment to ongoing program management…MORE

Brad Longenecker

Chief People Officer

Brad Longenecker is an influential and strategy-focused human resources executive with extensive experience leveraging corporate resources to solve for optimal human capital solutions and achieve business goals for high growth, rapidly evolving organizations. Brad has led the building of RapidRatings’ innovative HR solutions that foster…MORE

Kaitlyn Ericson, JD

General Counsel

Since 2020, Kait Ericson has served as RapidRatings' General Counsel. She has extensive expertise in growth business legal strategy and promoting the balance between client focus and legal risk management. She is responsible for all legal and compliance matters for RapidRatings.   Prior to joining…MORE

Dr. Patrick Caragata


The firm’s CEO until 2006, Dr. Patrick Caragata joined with James H. Gellert and Douglas Cameron in February 2007 to acquire 100% ownership of RapidRatings and bring it to the United States. Patrick is the architect and inventor of the company’s models and methodologies, including…MORE

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