About Us

Our Story

Banyan, the global infrastructure company for item-level receipt data, allows its partners to enrich transactions to create incredible experiences for their customers. Powered by Banyan’s APIs, merchants can seamlessly and securely share receipts, while unlocking powerful insights and unique marketing opportunities. Banyan provides its merchant partners complete transparency and control over who can access receipt data and Banyan’s privacy-by-design approach requires consumers’ permission before any enrichments take place. This new ecosystem allows financial institutions, fintechs, and consumer apps to enrich their data with item-level detail, unlocking a new wave of innovation to drive improved customer experiences, cost savings, and new revenue streams.

Our Beliefs

• Customers should have access to their receipt data anywhere they choose.

• Merchant’s and consumers should have full control over where their data goes and who gets to use it.

• A Merchant’s most valuable asset is their data.

Privacy-By-Design

Privacy and Security are at the core of Banyan. Our Privacy-By-Design Infrastructure ensures that no customer data is shared without customer opt-in. When customers opt-in, no PII is required to connect customer receipts, no customer names are used, no card numbers are stored, and no identifiable data is tracked on individual customers. No receipt ever leaves our warehouse until user opt-in is confirmed.
Jehan LuthJehan Luth

Jehan Luth

Founder & CEO
Jehan has a unique background that combines Computer Science, Public Health Epidemiology, and Privacy Law. He identified the glaring gap in verifiable receipt data, and built Banyan to enable merchants and banks to deliver personalized services to their customers.
Arlo LaitinArlo Laitin

Arlo Laitin

Chief Revenue Officer
Arlo is a former EVP at Cardlytics, and has held senior revenue leadership roles at several start-ups in the Fintech, SaaS, and Digital media space. He is passionate about creating a winning culture, creating value for clients, and disrupting the status quo. "
David ToothakerDavid Toothaker

David Toothaker

Chief Customer Officer
David is the former GM of Global Strategic Partnerships at Nielsen, where he led teams across client development, business process improvement, and business model transformation. He is an accomplished global leader for high-change, growth-oriented enterprises.
Wil SchobeiriWil Schobeiri

Wil Schobeiri

Chief Technology Officer
Wil brings over 15 years of technology, product management, data science, and leadership experience to Banyan, including CTO and CPO roles at MediaMath and Revantage (a Blackstone company). He delivers a deep understanding of scaled infrastructure.
Michael BuddeMichael Budde

Michael Budde

Chief Financial Officer
Michael is the former CFO of Nielsen Sports, and was Nielsen's Global Technology Data Science & Investments Finance Leader. He brings valuable experience leading global teams and more than a decade working with Big Data. "
Josh GaffneyJosh Gaffney

Josh Gaffney

Chief Privacy Officer & General Counsel
Josh brings a passion for problem solving and a wealth of experience across the financial services ecosystem spanning merchant, network, and consumer lines of business. Prior to joining Banyan, Josh led the legal team supporting American Express’ Global Consumer Services Group. "
Bart SichelBart Sichel

Bart Sichel

Chief Marketing Officer
Bart is a former CMO at Burlington Stores and a former Partner with McKinsey & Company. He has extensive experience in Marketing, Strategy, and Digital Transformation across a wide range of retail, consumer, and technology settings.
Mike GrilloMike Grillo

Mike Grillo

Chief Strategy Officer
Mike is a payments industry veteran with 20 years’ experience in sales, business development, strategy, marketing, analytics, and change management. Mike's career experience ranges from companies both large (American Express and Visa) and small (Argus, First Manhattan Consulting Group).
Mike MinelliMike Minelli

Mike Minelli

EVP Sales & Partnerships
Mike joined Banyan after a decade at Mastercard, most recently he was a Senior Principal heading up Data and Services. During his tenure he oversaw sales, strategy, partnerships, and go-to-market plans within fintech, ecommerce, technology, media, and services sectors. Prior to Mastercard, Mike held several sales leadership roles at SAS.
Parker NorenParker Noren

Parker Noren

EVP Strategy
Parker is a former Head of Corporate Strategy at MediaMath. He brings over a decade of technology and consulting experience. During his tenure at Nielsen he helped improve how CPG companies identified, developed, and launched new products.
Rachel SonenshineRachel Sonenshine

Rachel Sonenshine

Sales & Partnerships
Rachel is deeply committed to her clients, and has spent the last 20 years of her career in advertising sales and management with Google and Cardlytics, focusing primarily on large retailer relationships.
Kara SheesleyKara Sheesley

Kara Sheesley

Customer Success
Kara uses her strategic customer focus and team building skills to deliver sustainable business impact, which she has done in CPG brand management, retail merchandising, sales, and client service at companies like Clorox, Target and Nielsen.
Graeme RobertsonGraeme Robertson

Graeme Robertson

Sales & Partnerships
Graeme has been ‘solution selling’ to retailers for the last 20 years, most recently with Cardlytics, and prior to that, a mobile app start-up in Philadelphia called SnipSnap, which was acquired by Slyce. "
Rachel GavazziRachel Gavazzi

Rachel Gavazzi

Product
Rachel has significant product management experience in industries using massive data sets in SaaS settings. She has worked in the advertising technology space with both Avenue A | Razorfish, and MediaMath.
Ben PulverBen Pulver

Ben Pulver

Operations
Ben has an extensive background in engineering and operations. He is a proponent of operational efficiency and quality processes, and has spent time as an industrial engineer at UPS, and on the global quality team at Ciena. He holds an MBA from Saint Joseph's University.
Stephen MaranoStephen Marano

Stephen Marano

Finance
Stephen is a CPA with extensive experience in controllership, budgeting and forecasting, FP&A, and various other operational finance and accounting disciplines. He has worked at the NFL, The Walt Disney Studios, KPMG, and Deloitte & Touché.
Maria AriasMaria Arias

Maria Arias

Marketing
Maria’s experience covers both B2B and B2C, including with WebMD, L'Oreal, JP Morgan Chase, and Havas Formula. She has created successful GTM and growth strategies for domestic and international brands, and she holds an EMBA from Pace University.
Chris GeorgeChris George

Chris George

Technology
Chris has experience developing, implementing, marketing, and selling data science and consumer analytics products and solutions, with prior experience scaling from seed-stage to Series B at Civis Analytics. He's currently a part-time MBA at Chicago Booth.
Duncan McGreggorDuncan McGreggor

Duncan McGreggor

Technology
Duncan has more than a quarter-century of computer programming experience, specializing in software design, distributed systems architecture, software engineering, and more. Organizations he has worked with include AT&T, PBS, NASA, Canonical (Ubuntu), and MediaMath.
Salvatore BorrusoSalvatore Borruso

Salvatore Borruso

Operations
Sal brings diverse experience from a career that spans human resource admin and service delivery with Bell Labs/AT&T, CIO operational support at Lucent Technologies (Nokia), and business analysis and web development project management with MetLife.
Jacob DealJacob Deal

Jacob Deal

Technology
Jacob started his career as a software developer, accidently, after initially studying physics at NCSU where he discovered he enjoyed programming more than academics. He then pivoted into the software industry, teaching himself Go and the tools of the trade along the way. He now works primarily on distributed backend services at scale.
Billy HandBilly Hand

Billy Hand

Technology
Billy has worked with a range of technology leaders including Walmart, MediaMath, and Expo. His expertise includes adtech, SaaS businesses, and engineering challenges involving large data sets.
Mary PivergerMary Piverger

Mary Piverger

Executive Assistant
Mary left her teacher tenure to take on an Executive Assistant position at MediaMath. She now has 7 years of EA experience and is eager to breakinto the Fintech industry at Banyan.
Ivan CanalesIvan Canales

Ivan Canales

Technology
Ivan is an experienced Full Stack, Web, and Mobile Application developer. Prior to joining Banyan, Ivan worked as a Web Developer for Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Strategic Advisors

Meka Milstrone-ShroffMeka Milstrone-Shroff

Meka Milstrone-Shroff

Strategic Advisor
Meka Milstone–Shroff serves as a strategic operating advisor and board member to a variety of companies. Ms. Millstone – Shroff past senior leadership roles include, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond and McKinsey & Company.
Hans TheisenHans Theisen

Hans Theisen

Strategic Advisor
Hans Theisen is a Strategic Advisor with Banyan. Hans brings over 20 years of startup leadership experience to Banyan, including senior executive roles at Cardlytics, Centro, PointRoll and HearMe.
John BurbankJohn Burbank

John Burbank

Strategic Advisor
John is a highly accomplished corporate executive with broad global experience in consumer marketing, media, and retail. Mr. Burbank is responsible for leading joint product development and data partnerships with industry leaders such as Nielsen, P&G, AT&T, TimeWarner, Walmart, Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, Baidu, & Tencent.
Jonathan WeinerJonathan Weiner

Jonathan Weiner

Strategic Advisor
Jonathan possesses a diverse background as an entrepreneur in venture-backed Fintech & events. Mr. Weiner is also an investor at $1.9 billion venture capital fund, Oak HC/FT & Angel Investor.
Anthony MoroAnthony Moro

Anthony Moro

Strategic Advisor
Anthony is a senior financial services executive with 25 years’ experience in global business development, strategy, operations, marketing and management. Anthony was a Managing Director at BNY Mellon for more than two decades where he led the bank’s EMEA Depositary Receipts business and currently is President and Principal Executive Officer at ROX Financial, an alternative asset manager.
Josh StruzzieryJosh Struzziery

Josh Struzziery

Strategic Advisor
Josh is a retired Goldman, Sachs & Co. partner who focuses full time on venture investing, working with new companies in data, consumer credit, financial services, digital manufacturing, and video technology. He is based in Boston and is a member of the Launchpad Venture Group.
John HendrickJohn Hendrick

John Hendrick

Strategic Advisor
John is an accomplished executive with deep experience directing and leading business operations and global service delivery teams at AT&T, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Comcast. He is an effective communicator and consensus-builder with expertise in organizational development, and performance reporting systems.

Technologies

Banyan utilizes fast, secure, and compliant cloud services to securely connect to any business partner. Our flexible infrastructure has pre-existing integrations with most major data centers, and our lightweight API means we can quickly create new integrations to suit any use case.