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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 more than $20 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), and AXA Art USA (NYSE: AXA). He previously served on the board of Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe) and BATS Exchange, two of the largest stock exchanges in the world. 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 co-founded. 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).

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.

Kerri Thurston - Chief Financial Officer

Kerri leads the accounting, finance and human resource 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.

Jerod Laughlin - Chief Marketing Officer

Jerod leads global marketing for C2FO and is responsible for driving revenue growth and increased engagement across our customer base. He brings 20+ years of experience to the team in global brand development, digital marketing, and omni channel media execution within the financial services space. Previously, Jerod served as VP, U.S. Head of Marketing for Funding Circle where he combined the science of client-centric marketing with the art of brand and digital communications to drive record growth for its U.S. business. He has also held key leadership positions at H&R Block, PNC Financial Services, Bank of America, and USAA. Jerod studied Communications at Sam Houston State University and has relocated himself, his wife, and young son back to Kansas. Outside of the office, he enjoys barbecuing and exploring the world either underwater or on a motorcycle.

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John Young - Chief Data Officer

John is responsible for C2FO’s end to end data solutions, focusing on data architecture, data & machine learning science, business analytics, and overall data strategy. John brings 18+ years of experience building new products and services across multiple industries, with a strong knowledge base in distributed systems, parallel computing, and data monetization. Key tenants for him are data integration, business optimization, and market innovation. John spent the last several years building out and deploying the Big Data environment DST, including data engineering, data & ML science, and operations groups to support DST’s financial services and healthcare sectors. He has worked in Anti-Spam, Ad Tech, Market Research, Direct Mail Coops, and Marketing Decisions Platform, supporting large brands like Samsung, Motorola, Almay, and General Mills to name a few. John has a PhD in Applied Statistics and resides in the Kansas City area with his wife and two kids.

Kevin Daniels - Chief Product Officer

Kevin is responsible for setting and driving the C2FO platform product vision. Kevin brings 18+ years of high-tech experience to the team, and a strong track record of leadership roles in successful companies, including Mass Relevance, Bazaarvoice, and SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation, where he won two Emmy awards. He has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Duke University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Transplants from Austin, Tex., Kevin, his wife, and children enjoy experiencing all that Kansas City has to offer.

John Christopher - Chief Technical 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.

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.

Dru Shiner - Chief Sales Officer

Dru has more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 1000 customers to maximize the value of their strategic technology investments. Including Siebel, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com. As Chief Sales Officer, Dru oversees the global business development team and strategic partnerships for C2FO. His unrelenting drive for delivering on customer goals and objectives is grounded in his background as a CPA, which keeps him laser-focused on delivering quantifiable value. He specializes in building teams known for their thought leadership, collaboration and long-term commitment to the success of their customers. Dru is on the Board of Directors for Mission Adelante, a local organization that supports immigrants coming to the United States. A lifelong Kansas City resident, he spends most of his free time with his family and enjoys the outdoors, hunting whenever possible.

Paul Lundy - Senior Vice President

As Sr. Vice President, Paul is responsible for North American business development and sales strategy.  With more than 25 years of leadership experience in rapid growth technology companies, he is passionate about ensuring customers achieve or exceed the value expected from their strategic technology investment. His success in building and leading high world-class teams stems from his varied and diverse background in systems, technology, services, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Prior to C2FO, Paul led teams at Lexmark Enterprise Software (formerly Perceptive Software) and Xerox. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, Summa Cum Laude. He is a transplanted New Yorker that lives in Leawood, KS with his wife and enjoys golfing and riding his Harley.

Colin Sharp - SVP EMEA

Colin serves as SVP EMEA for C2FO and is a member of the executive committee. He is responsible for the continued expansion and growth of the company in the region, focusing on the success of C2FO customers. Colin has a strong track record with more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and leadership positions in some of the world’s most respected organizations. Prior to C2FO, Colin spent six years at SAP in EMEA sales leadership roles and is responsible for some of SAP’s high-growth solutions. He also served as a member of the SAP UKI Executive Board. Colin holds a B.Eng in Engineering and a M.S. in Computing. Colin, his wife and two children reside just outside of London.

Chris Dark - President International

Based in the C2FO Hong Kong office, Chris is responsible for C2FO business in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and LATAM. Prior to C2FO, Chris held key leadership positions at Atomico, AOL (advertising.com) and Bain & Co. where he focused on the development, deployment and commercialization of new products and operational improvement and high-level strategy across several diverse industries. In addition, Chris is a former entrepreneur and the Founder of GameReplays.org, an early eSports community founded in 2002. Chris holds a First Class master’s degree in Materials Science, and a Ph.D. in High Temperature Superconductors, both from Oxford University. Chris, his wife and son reside in Hong Kong. They enjoy entertaining friends (with hopefully great hospitality).

Pradeep Gode - SVP India

As a founding member of C2FO in India, Pradeep oversees business development, strategic partnerships and customer success in the region. He brings to the team 20 years of experience in technology, financial services and investing across the United States, Europe and India. Prior to C2FO, Pradeep oversaw investment activities in India for a global private equity firm, Black River. He has held several roles in financial services at Deutsche Bank and ran his own advisory business. Early in his career, Pradeep held technical roles within enterprise software during his time at Infosys and Epiphany. Pradeep holds a MBA from Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University and earned his Bachelors degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Pradeep, his wife and son reside in Mumbai where he enjoys practicing iyengar yoga.

Max Zhang - SVP Greater China

As Senior Vice President, Greater China at C2FO, Max is responsible for the continued growth of customers and markets in the region. He has a strong track record of working within multi-national enterprises to devise strategies that mitigate risk and improve financial performance. Prior to C2FO, Max held various leadership roles within Microsoft and served as a key member of the China Enterprise Commercial Leadership team. In this role, he led teams across regions, including services and support functions, to drive key organizational initiatives centered around profitability in the region. In addition, Max served as the Sales Leader of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the north region of China, responsible for driving the strategic cooperation between Microsoft and China SOEs. Before Microsoft, Max held technical background roles within the finance industry during his time at Digital China and Hewlett Packard. Max holds a Bachelors of Business Information Technology from Coventry University. He lives in Beijing, China with his wife and two lovely daughters.