Leadership Team

Jim Knipper

Founder & CEO

Jim, an original co-founder of the company, is a nationally recognized healthcare executive who has built a high profile, vertically integrated company servicing the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries with a vast array of marketing solutions which include electronic drug sampling, drug recall programs, salesforce solutions, data/information management and related sales/marketing services. As President and CEO of J. Knipper and Company, his integrated business plans emphasize accelerated growth to carry the company forward as a leader in the industry. Jim currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Georgian Court University as well as the University of Scranton. In 2002 he received the Alumni of the Year award at Oratory Prep of Summit, New Jersey. Jim is a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Trenton where he also serves as Chairman of the Educational Foundation.

Michael Laferrera

President & Chief Operating Officer

Mike provides leadership and guidance for the team at J. Knipper and Company. Mike’s track record for developing domestic and global sales and marketing solutions in his 20 years with various pharmaceutical companies has been publicly recognized by PharmaVOICE magazine. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Georgian Court University, is the President of the Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball Association and was an executive member of the Healthcare Marketers Coalition. Mike received his BS from the University of Delaware where he was also a recipient of the Presidential Achievement Award.

Frank McNicholas

Chief Financial Officer

Frank manages the financial resources and partners with the President/ CEO and executive team in guiding the organization. He oversees the company financials and accounting policy, manages the operations group and external business relationships, and directs the budget, audit, and tax functions. Frank has extensive experience in financial executive management, primarily in manufacturing and distribution operations. Frank is a Certified Public Accountant with membership in the AICPA and NJ State Society of CPA for over 25 years. He received a BA in Accounting and a minor in Economics at Seton Hall University.

Joe Schmadel

Chief Information Officer

Joe leads initiatives that identify emerging technologies and trends which enable Knipper to achieve its strategic plans. Joe works directly with Executive and Senior Level Management of both Knipper and its customers to identify opportunities for innovation and technical advancement. Joe is also responsible for Knipper’s internal and external information assets enabling enhanced reporting and analytics. Joe has more than 30 years of experience within the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and financial services industries. He is a member of the CIO Council, CIO’s Without Borders, Microsoft Pharmaceutical Advisory Council, and the Research Board. Joe received an MBA in Finance and Economics from Fordham University, a BS in Management and Information Science from Rutgers University and has completed a post-graduate executive leadership program at Harvard University.

Rajeev Nair

Chief Technology Officer

Rajeev leads Knipper’s IT operations, a community of professionals whose work is central to the company’s product development strategy and customer experience. Having provided technical leadership to a number of life science organizations including both pharmaceutical companies and turnkey service providers to the pharmaceutical industry, Rajeev has more than 20 years of experience in software development and in transforming large organizations’ SDLC processes. He has led IT enabled business transformation in a multitude of industries including Pharmaceutical, Biologics, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Consulting Industries through building comprehensive software platforms as well as evaluating and implementing provider supplied systems. Rajeev serves on the advisory board of TechImpact, a nonprofit organization providing technology support to other non-profits and helping young urban adults develop a career in IT. He received his MBA from the University of Tennessee and his undergraduate Bachelor of Technology from the University of Calicut, India.

Linda Hatt, J.D.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

A key member of the executive team, Linda is responsible for managing all of legal affairs for J. Knipper and Company. Linda received her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan, summa cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America. She is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the New Jersey State Bar.