About Us

Banyan Has Been Recognized as the Global Interchange for SKU-level Receipt Data

Our Story

Banyan makes it easy for consumers to connect their receipts to the apps and services they choose. Powered by the Banyan API, merchants can seamlessly and securely monetize these connections, while unlocking powerful insights and new marketing opportunities. Banyan provides our merchant partners complete transparency and control, while our privacy-by-design architecture requires consumer consent before any receipts are shared. Financial Institutions, Fintechs, and consumer apps for the first time gain access to item-level transaction data, enabling them to create incredible experiences and products for their customers

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.

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.
Jehan LuthJehan Luth

Jehan Luth

Founder & CEO
Jehan Luth is the Chief Executive Officer of Banyan, a next generation receipt access network that enables 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.
David ToothakerDavid Toothaker

David Toothaker

Chief Customer Officer
Passionate and accomplished global leader for high-change, growth-oriented enterprises including Nielsen, Maverick Minds and Tyson Foods, Inc.
Wil SchobeiriWil Schobeiri

Wil Schobeiri

Chief Technology Officer
Wil brings over 15 years of technology, product management, and leadership experience to Banyan, including CTO and and CPO roles at MediaMath and Revantage (a Blackstone company)
Michael BuddeMichael Budde

Michael Budde

Chief Financial Officer
Former Nielsen Sports CFO. ex-VP Investments & Technology/Data Science focused on $1B in ROI spend. 10 years experience in 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

Interim Chief Marketing Officer
Bart is a former CMO at Burlington Stores and a former Partner with McKinsey & Company. He has extensive marketing and retail experience
Mike GrilloMike Grillo

Mike Grillo

Chief Strategy Officer
Payments executive with 20 years’ experience in sales, business development, strategy, marketing, analytics, and change management. I've spent my career at companies both large (American Express and Visa) and small (Argus, First Manhattan Consulting Group).
John HendrickJohn Hendrick

John Hendrick

Chief Administrative Officer
John Hendrick is the Chief Administrative Officer of Banyan. Prior to joining Banyan, John held various senior leadership roles at AT&T, Samsung Electronics of America, BlackBerry and Comcast.
Rachel SonenshineRachel Sonenshine

Rachel Sonenshine

Sales & Partnerships
Rachel has spent the last 20 years of her career in advertising sales and management with Google and Cardlytics, mainly working with large retailers.
Kara SheeleyKara Sheeley

Kara Sheeley

Customer Success & Strategy
Kara is an innately curious person who is passionate about why people do what they do. This skill has enabled her to hone her strategic customer focus and team building strengths to deliver sustainable business impact 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, where he experienced a successful IPO, and prior to that, a mobile app start-up in Philadelphia called SnipSnap, which was acquired by Slyce.
Rachel GavazziRachel Gavazzi

Rachel Gavazzi

Product Management
Rachel's career history has been in advertising technology; first on the agency side at Razorfish and then with the demand-side SaaS platform, MediaMath. At MediaMath she grew to love the Product discipline where she was challenged to solve for both internal and external data and reporting needs.
Ben PulverBen Pulver

Ben Pulver

BizOps
Ben has a BS in Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from Saint Joseph's University. Prior to Banyan he has held many roles in engineering and operations, most recently leading the Global Quality PMO at Ciena.
Stephen MaranoStephen Marano

Stephen Marano

Finance
Stephen graduated from Temple University with a degree in accounting and began his professional career with Deloitte and Touché where he was licensed as a CPA and served as an External Auditor. He later transitioned into corporate finance and accounting as a Senior Financial Analyst at The Walt Disney Studios focusing on FP&A for the home entertainment division. Recently he spent 7 years working for the NFL’s finance department, as Director of Finance for the digital media business. Stephen has extensive experience in controllership, budgeting and forecasting, FP&A, business management, and various other operational finance and accounting disciplines.
Maria AriasMaria Arias

Maria Arias

Marketing
Maria’s experience ranges in various industries from healthcare to retail to investment banking to manufacturing to CPG. She has over 13 years experience in overall strategy, marketing, product and sales enablement. Currently holds her EMBA from Pace University.
Minhal DhanjyMinhal Dhanjy

Minhal Dhanjy

Strategy & Corp Dev
Minhal is a Wharton MBA and prior management consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Minhal brings years of experience tying together growth strategy, operational improvement, and financial expertise across startup, finance and tech landscapes.
Chris GeorgeChris George

Chris George

Product Ops & Analytics
Chris has 9 years experience developing, implementing, marketing, and selling data science and consumer analytics products and solutions, with experience scaling from seed-stage to Series B at Civis Analytics. He’s currently a Chicago Booth Evening MBA candidate (graduating December 2021), and an aspiring investor passionate about the future of data and AI applications, climate technology, and public policy.
Duncan McGreggorDuncan McGreggor

Duncan McGreggor

Engineering
Duncan has had a full career in the computing industry, where his quarter-century of computer programming experience has led to the current position as Principal Engineer working for the CTO of a fintech company. The path to this point has been wild and varied, including not only professional high-points of working at NASA as well as for Ubuntu.
Salvatore BarussoSalvatore Barusso

Salvatore Barusso

BizOps
Sal brings to Banyan diverse experience from a career that spans HR Admin, Service Delivery, and Communications with Bell Labs/AT&T, CIO Operational support at Lucent Technologies (Nokia), and most recently Business Analysis, Web Development PM, and Operational Communications with MetLife in their Digital space.
Billy HandBilly Hand

Billy Hand

Engineering
Since moving to Chicago most of Billy’s work experience has involved adtech in some way (with a few SaaSes sprinkled in) and all of it on the web. He enjoys solving data related problems, the bigger the better.
Matthew KumarMatthew Kumar

Matthew Kumar

Engineering
Matthew Kumar graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in computer science and philosophy, and focuses on data engineering, text normalization, and semantic modeling.
David GattiDavid Gatti

David Gatti

DevOps
David has a very unique perspective about the Cloud, which allows him to take advantage of the whole complexity it offers to best create efficient and automated solutions. For years he helped startups achieve their goals in the Cloud.
Ivan CanalesIvan Canales

Ivan Canales

Engineering
Ivan is a Software Developer of Banyan. Prior to joining Banyan, Ivan worked as a Web Developer for Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Board & Advisors

Meka Milstrone-ShroffMeka Milstrone-Shroff

Meka Milstrone-Shroff

Advisor & Board of Directors
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 & Beyon 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.
Rani NagpalRani Nagpal

Rani Nagpal

Strategic Advisor
Rani is a senior executive with deep expertise in marketing and strategy. She has held leadership roles at Sony Pictures, 20th Century/Disney and Axel Springer. Rani is also a guest lecturer, mentor and judge for the London School of Economics' Generate and Aspect accelerators and a founding member of Chief.

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