Local Tech Wire

DURHAM, N.C. – The founders of , a provider of robotic pharmacy services, are stepping aside and a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer are taking over.

Parata said Thursday that Jess Eberdt, the current CEO, and Doug Townsend, the CFO, will “transition” from day-to-day operations but remain on the company board. The two are founders of the company.

Taking over as CEO as of Oct. 1 is Tom Rhoads. D.J. Dougherty will be the new CFO. Both are currently part of Parata’s management team.

Rhoads has worked with Parata since 2004 and is executive vice president for marketing, national accounts, sales and product service.

Dougherty, a Parata executive since 2003, is executive vice president for finance and operations.

“Tom has distinguished himself with a bold and creative vision, strategic market insights and a relentless focus on metrics,” Eberdt said in a statement. “D.J. consistently applies his tremendous financial expertise to enhance the company’s performance across many functional areas of the business.”

Parata, a nine-year-old venture, developed and patented automated pill counting technology and provides a variety of pharmacy services.

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