About Arkestro

The story of Arkestro is in some ways the classic start-up story. But from our idea to our investors, we think we have a pretty unique thing going.

Our Team

Neil Lustig

Neil Lustig

Chief Executive Officer

Neil is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience leading and building teams in Tech. Neil brings insights from a variety of market spaces and company sizes. Most recently Neil was the CEO of GAN Integrity, an innovative SaaS Compliance technology company serving enterprise customers in North America and Europe. Before that Neil was the CEO of Sailthru, a leader in ML driven personalized multi-channel marketing communications for media and e-commerce markets. Prior to that Neil was the CEO of Vendavo, the leader in B2B price optimization and management for large enterprises. Before Vendavo, Neil led the commercial team at Ariba, the market pioneer that defined and created the eProcurement space. Neil served as the GM of Ariba Europe and subsequently the GM of Ariba North America. Neil started his career at IBM where he spent sixteen years, initially as a software developer, and then twelve years in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles

Neil has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY Albany. He is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn born, and still resides with his wife and three children in New York City.

Edmund Zagorin

Edmund Zagorin

Chief Strategy Officer and Founder

Edmund Zagorin is a proud procurement nerd obsessed with the power of recommendations to fix broken processes and supply chains. Prior to founding Arkestro, Edmund worked as a consultant focused on data-driven supplier negotiations for large healthcare providers, contract manufacturers and multi-campus retail brands. Edmund is widely recognized as a thought leader on the emerging role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in procurement and has presented executive briefings on this topic to leadership teams at 3M, BASF, General Motors, Volkswagen, PwC, Kearney, EY, Accenture, OneValley, Plug & Play Tech Center and has been featured by Forbes, Shared Services and Outsourcing Network and ProcureTech.

Rob DeSantis

Rob DeSantis

Founder

As a former co-founder of Ariba running sales, Rob has deep expertise in the procurement space, having helped propel Ariba from zero to $250 million in revenue in four years and IPO of the year in 1999 before its acquisition by SAP a decade later. In addition to co-founding Ariba, Rob was also an early angel investor and board member of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional online network.

More recently, Rob served as an investor and advisor to a small portfolio of companies including Bloom Energy, AEye, Inc., HiQ Labs, Agiloft, USEND and more. He is also a co-founder of Dibbs Technology and TrueParity. Rob holds a BSME from the University of Rhode Island.

Mike Peluso

Mike Peluso

SVP, Sales

Mike is a seasoned sales leader with over 30 years of experience in the technology space, building and managing teams that deliver revenue growth year over year. Known for activating exceptional outcomes, he has led the development and implementation of customer-centric sales strategies, driving individual success among his stellar team members. He prides himself on coaching and mentoring within his team leveraging a solutions-oriented approach to ensure optimal outcomes. Mike brings both the structure from larger organizations plus the speed to operate under startup conditions. He was part of the GTM team launching Einstein Analytics at Salesforce in addition to spending 14 years at SAS Institute in various roles, more recently as a Director managing a 100 million dollar portfolio in their Financial Services vertical. Mike comes from an entrepreneurial background having started his first company when he was 18 years old, a deli/coffee shop that is still operating today.

Ben Leiken

Ben Leiken

Chief Technology Officer

Passionate about solving massively complex problems with cutting edge technology and an obsession with user-centric design, Ben jumped at the chance to climb aboard the Arkestro rocketship. Ben is responsible for the company’s Product strategy. Prior to joining, Ben spent 5 years in Engineering and Product Management roles at SurveyMonkey, focusing on the company’s Mobile and Enterprise product offerings. Ben holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Anna O'Leary

Anna O'Leary

Chief People Officer

Anna brings over 25 years of international experience working across different industry sectors, in both large and small organizations and as part of global People teams. Anna is passionate about building trusting relationships and partnering with senior leaders to spearhead people and talent initiatives. Anna has built high performing teams in both small and large organizations with a track record of successfully implementing cultural and organizational change.

Before joining Arkestro, Anna spent two years as Chief People Officer at GAN Integrity, a SaaS compliance and risk technology company with employees in the UK, Denmark and the US.

Marty Meyer

Marty Meyer

Chief Financial Officer

A trusted partner and advisor on the executive team, Marty has a unique background having been the CFO of nine venture backed technology companies. Marty has raised over $300M in venture funding and has closed six strategic M&A transactions with a combined value of over $1B. Marty has deep domain expertise in ecommerce, consumer internet, networking, data security, data privacy, media technology and enterprise software industries. Marty is especially experienced in the finance and operations activities of SaaS companies and is driven by data and metrics to help create outstanding customer experiences and drive efficient growth.

Shannon Kreps

Shannon Kreps

VP, Marketing

Shannon is a strong product and technology solution evangelist who excels in effective communication and has a strong passion for procurement and analytics. In her 25+ years in the software industry, she has held a variety of roles, including technology training, marketing, product management, sales engineering, business development, and it all began with her first role as a Buyer in procurement. Notable organizations she has worked with include Oracle, Ariba, insightsoftware, and Rizing. Having resided and worked across the globe, Shannon currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and a delightful flock of chickens.

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Board of Directors

Rob DeSantis

Rob DeSantis

Founder

Jeff Immelt

Jeff Immelt

Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Edmund Zagorin

Edmund Zagorin

Chief Strategy Officer and Founder

Cindy Padnos

Cindy Padnos

Founder & Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures

Neil Lustig

Neil Lustig

Chief Executive Officer

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