President & CEO
Jim Litterer, president and chief executive officer, took on his current role at Vital in October 2015. As president, he presides over all operations within Vital. Prior to his current position, Mr. Litterer served as vice president of operations where he was responsible for global sales operations, all aspects of customer services and information technology. Since joining the company in May 2002, he has held several roles, including field implementation engineer, customer support manager, director of customer support and senior director of services. Prior to his employment at Vital, he helped build global customer support operations as a services operations analyst at Stellent, Inc. Mr. Litterer received his Bachelor of Science in management and information systems from Iowa State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Thorvilson, chief financial officer, joined Vital in March 2006 as the senior manager of financial reporting. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of finance and accounting and vice president of finance, accounting and human resources. Prior to joining Vital, he was the controller at Optical Solutions and a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Thorvilson holds a Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration, accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sarah Karlgaard is General Counsel for Vital. Prior to Vital, she was a Senior Privacy and Innovation Counsel at Allina Health System, Privacy and Life Sciences Counsel at Optum, and advised health care clients in private practice at a Minneapolis law firm. Sarah received her law degree with high honors from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa and holds an undergraduate degree in business from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Vice President & CSIO Enterprise Applications
Larry Sitka, vice president and CSIO enterprise applications, is a recognized global subject matter expert in HIT (healthcare IT) interoperability. Larry was one of the early visionaries who recognized the potential of a highly interconnected HIT network. He was a direct contributor to the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) interoperability roadmap for healthcare. Mr. Sitka has 30 years of experience in medical imaging. He holds several U.S. and E.U. patents focused on digital asset management across healthcare, printing and publishing, defense mapping and photographic businesses. His commercial endeavors include his current position at Vital Images and the founder of Acuo Technologies in 1999. Larry is an outspoken evangelist for the Learning Health System transformation proposed by the ONC. Larry holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a Master’s of Computer Science with Systems and Software Engineering areas of focus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and National Technology University.
General Manager, HII & Executive Vice President, International
Stephen (Steve) Andersen, general manager HII & executive vice president (EVP), International, joined Vital in May 1999. As general manager, HII, Mr. Andersen directs the HII team in Japan and provides an overall product strategy. As the EVP of International, he manages all aspects of Vital’s businesses outside of North America, including driving business growth through Vital’s international teams and channel partners. He has held the role of vice president in the following disciplines: strategic partnerships, sales operations, engineering, European sales, quality/regulatory and customer support. Prior to joining Vital, he was program manager and business development manager for Internet technologies at LodgeNet Entertainment and held technical support positions in the banking and telecommunications industries at Precision Computer Systems and Martin & Associates. Mr. Andersen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in South Dakota.
Vice President, Sales North America
Jason Huddleston, vice president Sales North America, has held the roles of central zone sales manager, director of sales and senior director of sales since joining Vital in 2003. He works directly with Vital customers throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Vital, he held a variety of positions within the healthcare arena, including managing regional business for computed tomography. Mr. Huddleston has earned multiple sales awards at Vital. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from Baker University.
Vice President, Engineering
Tim Dawson, vice president Engineering, joined Vital in June 2010. He is responsible for enterprise product development and technology vision, as well as architecture roadmap and alignment for all product lines. Mr. Dawson’s previous roles at Vital included chief architect and senior director of engineering. He has over 20 years of experience developing enterprise software and contributing to industry standards. Prior to joining Vital, he held senior technical roles at enterprise software companies in the financial services and retail industries. Mr. Dawson received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa.
Vice President, Product Line
Jeff Hendrikse is the vice president Product Line for Vital, He is responsible for the product management function for Vital’s Enterprise Imaging portfolio. Mr. Hendrikse’s previous roles at Vital include Director of Enterprise Imaging, and Product Line Director for Data Management. He has over 25 years of experience in product management and business development in the healthcare IT market. Prior to joining Vital, Mr. Hendrikse was vice president of global business development for Karos Health, which was acquired by Vital Images in 2016. Mr. Hendrikse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
Managing Director, EMEA
Marcel Lantinga is the Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Vital. He finished his education for radiographer in 1996 at the Free University Medical Center (VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) where he specialized in MRI technology. In 2000, he joined Oldelft Benelux (Netherlands, since 2012 part of the Canon Group) in a sales position for all radiology X-ray and healthcare IT systems.
Prior to taking on his role as Managing Director, Mr. Lantinga held different sales related positions in the company, and was involved in the post-acquisition merger between the different Toshiba/Canon companies in Europe. In 2018, Mr. Lantinga was charged with leading and building Vital’s Europe, Middle East and Africa market, which is dedicated to enterprise imaging.