Novata Appoints Joel Raha as Chief Technology Officer and Jeanne Lee as Head of APAC Sales

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novata, an industry-leading sustainability technology platform and certified B Corp, today announced the expansion of its global operations with the appointment of Joel Raha as Chief Technology Officer and Jeanne Lee as Head of APAC Sales. These hires underscore Novata’s commitment to driving sustainable business practices worldwide with technology solutions that enable private market clients globally to effectively measure and manage the metrics that matter. 

“At Novata we’re focused on continuing to build world-class technology and we are thrilled to welcome Joel on board to ensure our platform stays ahead of the curve in capabilities, speed and security,” said Alex Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder of Novata. “As we build on our significant traction in the US and EMEA by expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, we are excited to welcome Jeanne to lead our team in an important new set of markets.”

Novata is committed to delivering a complete solution for sustainability management, enabling companies to effectively track, measure, and report ESG and carbon data seamlessly within a single platform. As businesses worldwide face increasing demands for transparency and sustainability from various stakeholders, the need for comprehensive ESG data management tools has never been more critical.

“I am thrilled to join Novata, a company that has set the bar incredibly high in leveraging technology for sustainable business practices,” said Joel Raha, Novata’s Chief Technology Officer. “I look forward to innovating alongside our talented team to ensure that our technology solutions continue to deliver excellence and drive positive outcomes for our private market clients globally.”

Since its commercial launch in April 2022, Novata has experienced broad-based global demand, with nearly 7,000 private companies contracted to use the platform. Novata is on a mission to empower private markets to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive form of capitalism.

“Novata is at a transformative period in its evolution and I am looking forward to being part of this journey,” said Jeanne Lee, Head of APAC Sales at Novata. “Leading Novata’s expansion in the APAC region represents not just an extraordinary opportunity but a profound responsibility. I am committed to guiding our clients in the private markets to fulfill their ESG objectives and adhere to standards, innovate solutions and seize opportunities for sustainable success.”

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About Joel Raha

With over two decades of startup experience, Joel has been a driving force of innovation in engineering-powered startups. He has had the opportunity to lead engineering efforts at high-growth startups, including Alloy, HookLogic (acquired by Criteo), and 7ParkData (acquired by Vista Private Equity), receiving backing from top-tier investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed, Canapi, and Bessemer.

His career is characterized by his adeptness at scaling teams, attracting top-tier talent, and navigating through various growth phases. Joel is particularly passionate about applying his expertise in SaaS solutions data platforms to businesses in evolving markets that are driving positive sustainability outcomes. Outside of work, Joel volunteers as a coach, referee, and organizer for AYSO affiliated West Side Soccer League.

About Jeanne Lee

Jeanne Lee is a seasoned leader in sales and market expansion, deeply committed to ethical business practices and sustainable growth. With nearly two decades of experience navigating the complexities of the Asia-Pacific market, Jeanne has led key expansion initiatives at industry-leading technology firms, including LinkedIn, Coursera, and Beyond her contributions to increasing market share and cultivating enduring customer relationships, Jeanne is driven by a mission to not only achieve business excellence but to do so with integrity and a profound respect for societal and environmental impact.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Jeanne is deeply committed to social causes, particularly in poverty alleviation for children and advancing gender parity. Her commitment to leveraging technology for social good has been a defining element of her career, perfectly aligning with Novata’s foundational values.

About Novata

Novata is a certified B Corp and a public benefit corporation built to enable the private markets to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive form of capitalism. Novata’s technology platform and expert services make it easy for private markets to navigate the evolving ESG landscape; collect, analyze, and report on the metrics that matter; and connect their sustainability strategy to meaningful business outcomes. Novata serves nearly 7,000 companies in over 20 countries and is backed by the Ford Foundation, Hamilton Lane, Microsoft, Northern Trust, Omidyar Network, and S&P Global. For more information, please visit