Meet Our Leadership Team

Executive

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John Christopher

Chief Technology Officer

As the first C2FO employee, John has helped build the C2FO system from the ground up and continues to ensure C2FO engineering teams are delivering the C2FO vision in a timely and scalable manner. John has 15+ years of technical experience, ranging from military weather applications to online auction platforms. John was a weather forecaster in the U.S. Navy and still enjoys talking weather. John holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science. John, his wife and four kids reside in the metro Kansas City area.

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Aditya Devurkar

Head of Data Science & Operations

Aditya Devurkar is Senior Vice President responsible for developing C2FO’s innovation center in India, and leading the data science and governance organizations. Before joining C2FO, Aditya worked at Groupon, leading their consumer email experience and merchant marketing technology initiatives. He started his career at Amazon as a software engineer. Aditya holds a BE from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in India, and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-founded YEPKC, a local non-profit organization that nurtures and grows young entrepreneurial talent in and around the Kansas City metro area. Aditya lives in Leawood, KS, where he enjoys long drives listening to Hindi music and walks around local parks with his wife and a young toddler.

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Alex Donnelly

SVP Global Operations

As SVP global operations Alex focuses on implementation, ERP services, and market operations covering the client technical experience end-to-end. She is also responsible for operational delivery from headquarters to each global region. She started with C2FO in 2012 implementing some of the earliest adopters and crafting the go-to-market operational strategy for every geographical region as it opened. Prior to joining C2FO, she worked in marketing for a technical training company. Alex holds a BA in Journalism and Anthropology from the University of Iowa, Magna Cum Laude. She is an advocate for women in all stages and walks of life and enjoys being involved with local non-profits such as WIN for KC. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, two daughters and rescue dog.

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Sanjay Gupta

President and Chief Operating Officer

Sanjay leads business operations for C2FO, focusing on global marketing, growing supplier engagement and programmatic onboarding of all corporate buyers. He brings more than 20 years of P&L, marketing and account management leadership experience to the C2FO team. He has led B2B and SMB efforts for Sprint, Network Solutions and Groupon. He has a B.S. in Economics, an MBA in Marketing/Finance and an M.S. in Communications. Sanjay resides in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, two kids and a puppy.

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Ashish Jain

Head of Capital Markets

Ashish is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Capital Markets at C2FO. He is responsible for the C2FO funding network along with business development, bank and partner relationships. Prior to joining C2FO, Ashish was Head of Capital Markets at SoFi, where he was responsible for investor distribution, structuring and economics, securitizations, loan sales, balance sheet optimization and hedging, and warehouse financing facilities. Previously, Ashish spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where most recently he was Managing Director and Head of Structured Product Sales in the Americas. Ashish holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on the Alumni Board at the Tepper School of Business.

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Alexander C. Kemper

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sandy is the founder of C2FO and serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of The Collectors Fund, a private equity fund focused on alternative asset classes. Prior to founding The Collectors Fund and C2FO, Sandy founded Perfect Commerce (fka eScout.com) and served as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000-06. Prior to founding Perfect Commerce, he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of UMB Bank and CEO of UMB Financial, a NASDAQ traded financial services company with more than $30 billion in assets. Sandy began his career with UMB after graduating from Northwestern University in 1987. He majored in American History. Sandy is an active angel and venture investor and serves on the corporate boards of UMB Financial (NASDAQ: UMBF), UMB Bank, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV). He previously served on the regulatory boards of Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe) and BATS Exchange, two of the largest stock exchanges in the world. Sandy also serves on the board of Dwolla, a payment infrastructure company. Sandy and his family are active in academic, civic and philanthropic endeavors. He serves on the board of the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), a non-profit scholarship and leadership development organization that he cofounded. He also founded and serves on the board of YEPKC, a nonprofit devoted to enabling future entrepreneurs. Sandy and his family live on a farm in Kansas City, Mo., where they raise and care for their horses, sheep and any and all wild animals (not including their four children).

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Amanda LaFerriere

Head of Product - Supplier Experience

Amanda is a product executive who specializes in the intersection between financial products, design and customer experience. Her specialty is building customer-centric organizations for fast growth tech start-ups including C2FO, blooom and TreviPay. She has a Masters in Technology Management from South Dakota School of Mines where she was honored with an Outstanding Recent Graduate Award by her alma mater. Amanda has created dozens of award-winning products, services and brand experiences during her tenure in fintech. In her downtime, Amanda and her wife spend their extra-curricular time raising two beautiful children, Jax and Scout.

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Allison Baker Marenghi

Head of Partnerships

Allison is Senior Vice President and Head of Partnerships at C2FO. She is responsible for concepting, signing, and expanding strategic partnerships to support the growth of C2FO’s worldwide network. She joined C2FO from American Express, where she led global digital wallets strategy and partnerships for Amex Digital Labs, in addition to various new product development, innovation strategy and fintech partnerships roles. She also previously led strategic partnerships at Dashlane, a global digital identity startup. Allison holds a BS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. A proud native of Buffalo, NY, she lives in New York City with her wife and enjoys cheering on her hometown Bills, kickboxing, and Italian travel.

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Jordan Novak

Chief Sales Officer

Jordan leads global sales for C2FO, providing a unique approach to optimize the way businesses generate and allocate capital globally. Prior to C2FO, Jordan was based in Singapore as a key finance leader for Dell, Inc. He served as a liaison to partners and relationship banks to drive strategic initiatives to enhance Dell’s supply chain. While there, Jordan built and managed multiple multi-billion dollar liquidity programs and drove hundreds of millions in supply chain savings for the company. Jordan also served as head of trade & supply chain sales for the technology, telecommunications, and media industries at Wells Fargo. Jordan holds a B.B.A. in both Finance and Real Estate from Baylor University.

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Leslie Olsen

Chief Marketing Officer

Leslie leads global marketing for C2FO and is responsible for driving revenue growth and increased engagement across our customer base. With over two decades of experience in B2B marketing in the financial services and fintech space, Leslie has a proven track record of developing and executing marketing strategies that drive rapid and sustainable growth. Most recently, she served as chief marketing officer of Fundbox, driving significant revenue growth and new customer acquisition for the small business lender. Leslie resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, and spends most of her time chasing around her three kids and their Australian Labradoodle puppy.

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Anne Steinhaus

Head of Product - Platform

Anne leads the platform side of the C2FO product, overseeing market functionality, pricing strategy, and data integrations with C2FO's Enterprise clients and funding partners. She also partners closely with the Enterprise Sales team to deliver innovative products and features that solve clients' needs. She came to C2FO from TripAdvisor, where she oversaw the evolution of TripAdvisor's search functionality, leveraging hundreds of millions of traveler reviews to deliver fast, informative search results to travel seekers. An avid runner, Anne spends much of her free time chasing her two daughters and volunteering through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.

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Pete Thomas

Chief Innovation Officer

Pete is the co-founder at C2FO and from his technical focus, continues to guide the evolution of the company’s software platform by applying his more than 10 years of experience building and maintaining large-scale transactional web applications. Prior to joining C2FO, Pete worked as a senior engineer for Impart Media, deploying digital advertising products. He previously was a consultant for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and a developer in Amazon.com’s Enterprise Websites division. Pete, his wife and son reside in Seattle, Wa., where they try to keep a steady practice of Bikram Yoga.

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Kerri Thurston

Chief Financial Officer

Kerri leads the accounting and finance functions, which includes management of compliance and financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, and investor relations. She is also a member of the C2FO executive committee. As C2FO continues to expand worldwide, Kerri focuses on strategic growth initiatives and cost-saving strategies. Kerri’s 20 years of financial expertise have spanned a broad spectrum of functional areas. Prior to C2FO, she served as the global controller for Garmin, an S&P 500 technology company, with a strategic focus on global growth initiatives and cost efficiencies. Previous roles have included treasury, risk management, SEC reporting, and decision support. Outside of the office, Kerri keeps the ship afloat for her husband and three busy children while still making time for work with local non-profits, including WIN for KC and MOCSA.

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Krissy Young

Chief People Officer

Krissy is responsible for leading C2FO’s global human resources strategy, which includes talent acquisition, organizational learning and development, compensation and benefits, and workforce planning. Before joining C2FO, Krissy spent 20 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as the Chief Human Resources Officer, leading District Human Resources across four offices and seven states. In addition to HR, she also led the Finance, Strategy and Risk functions. Krissy is passionate about service, continuous improvement and change leadership. Krissy holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communication from Northwest Missouri State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rockhurst University. She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, holds an executive leadership certificate from the Wharton School of Business and is an SHRM-SCP professional. Krissy resides in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband, two children and many pets.

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Aditya Devurkar

Head of Data Science & Operations

Aditya Devurkar is Senior Vice President responsible for developing C2FO’s innovation center in India, and leading the data science and governance organizations. Before joining C2FO, Aditya worked at Groupon, leading their consumer email experience and merchant marketing technology initiatives. He started his career at Amazon as a software engineer. Aditya holds a BE from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in India, and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-founded YEPKC, a local non-profit organization that nurtures and grows young entrepreneurial talent in and around the Kansas City metro area. Aditya lives in Leawood, KS, where he enjoys long drives listening to Hindi music and walks around local parks with his wife and a young toddler.
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