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Are Our Goals

We have a long history of developing solutions, improving efficiency and cultivating meaningful partnerships.

Since 1993, we’ve been helping mutual funds companies take control of their data with DocuBuilder, our advanced content management platform. But we’ve actually been around much longer—dating back over 90 years.

Previously known as Data Communiqué, and rebranded as Appatura – our long history points to the fact that we’ve evolved alongside our clients, consistently updating our technology to meet and exceed industry requirements. We pride ourselves in developing long-term partnerships with our clients, so we can stay ahead of the curve and always bring new expertise to the table. Our industry knowledge and superior customer service helps us stay a cut above the competition.

Appatura is majority owned by Havas, one of the world’s largest global communications companies. As part of the Havas network, Appatura helps companies improve their content management strategy so they can make it work for them, and not the other way around.


Our employees do more than cross off to-do lists – they change them. We hire professionals who shift paradigms, find solutions and enjoy staying at the cutting-edge of technology.


Chief Executive Officer

Richard Plotka

Richard Plotka has worked as a consultant and IT professional for over 20 years, cultivating his passion for technology and understanding of many types of businesses along the way. Richard’s extensive experience has reaffirmed his belief that technology should serve a business, rather than the other way around. His impressive career has demonstrated a dedication to this belief.

As a technical authority and innovator, Richard joined the Appatura team, previously known as Data Communique, in 1993. He started as a consultant and eventually architected the entire DocuBuilder system, Appatura’s chief product, becoming the Executive Vice President, CIO and CTO in 1999. He assumed the role of CEO in May of 2014.

Prior to joining Data Communiqué, Richard developed and implemented solutions for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, retail, property management, construction, mortgage banking and consumer industries. As CEO, Richard is responsible for the technical and strategic development of Appatura.

Richard Plotka


Chief Creative Officer

Wayne Tidswell

As a founding partner of Appatura, previously known as Data Communiqué, Wayne Tidswell specializes in designing and developing document publishing systems. He pioneered online document publishing for Performance Facts Sheets and developed the online digital delivery and automated publishing platform that fuels DocuBuilder and transforms the headache of document compliance in the mutual funds industry into something much more manageable.

From British Airways to Laura Ashley, Wayne has worked for a number of international accounts handling everything from creative direction to account management to public relations. His specialized experience in document analysis and simplification makes him an expert when it comes to helping companies make data work for them. Wayne had been honored with the Spicer & Pegler Communications Award, the British Calendar Awards Nomination, the New York Design and Art Directors Association Award, among others.

Wayne Tidswell


Chief Strategy Officer

John Closson

John Closson has been with Appatura, previously known as Data Communiqué, for over 18 years. Prior to joining Appatura, John worked at Merrill Lynch, Eastman Kodak and Bowne Business Solutions. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Lawrence University and specializes in process improvement, product management and new business development.

During his nearly two decades at Appatura, John has learned the ins and outs of the company, while working in several different roles, including Client Services Manager, Product Manager and Project Manager. In his current role as Chief Strategy Officer, John is responsible for business development and strategy. He is focused on helping maintain Appatura’s partnership mentality that extends to each and every client.

John Closson


Chief Information Officer

Faisal Fareed

As CIO of Appatura, Faisal Fareed uses his leadership and IT experience to help Appatura continuously develop as an innovative, robust and secure information technology environment. Faisal has over 18 years of experience working in software development and managing development teams. He is currently responsible for a wide range of strategic goals, from resource allocation to IT operations to developing information technology protocols.

Faisal joined Appatura in 2001 and filled several technical roles before becoming the company’s CIO. While serving in a technical capacity, Faisal worked extensively on Appatura’s document management and publishing product, DocuBuilder. Prior to joining Appatura, Faisal worked at a multinational bank as a team lead for delivering ecommerce software. Faisal holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Karachi University.

Faisal Fareed


Chief Product Officer

Harsh Choudray

Harsh Choudhary is Chief Product Officer at Appatura with more than 15 years of industry experience. After earning his Degree in Engineering from MITS Gwalior, Harsh has been involved in various leadership roles serving Fortune 500 companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Eli Lilly and Company, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, AIT Global Inc. and Provenir.

In his present capacity as CPO, Harsh has been designing and evangelizing Appatura’s cloud-based digital content hub enabling marketing and compliance teams to intelligently create, track, reuse, assemble and publish granular content to multiple platforms and channels from an authorized single source.

Harsh is changing the way our industry thinks about content and the way in which content is assembled and published across the enterprise. It is his content-centric philosophy that has helped corporations to seamlessly and successfully execute their digital compliance automation strategy.

Harsh Choudray


Head of Finance Department

Alpha Diarra

As the head of Appatura’s Finance Department, Alpha Diarra manages all of the company’s billing and accounting. Alpha joined Appatura, previously known as Data Communiqué
Inc., in 2000. His extensive experience working at Appatura has allowed him to become an expert on the company’s financial goals and billing processes. In 2007, he became the Controller of the restructured Data Communiqué.

Since May 2014, he has been leading and managing all of the company’s accounting, finance, HR, employee benefits, treasury and payroll. Alpha holds a BA in Business Administration from Baruch College.

Alpha Diarra


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