Meet The Executive Team

Our Leadership

Vision: To Endlessly Innovate on Identity

Ekata is the new standard in global identity verification, providing businesses worldwide the ability to link any digital transaction to the human behind it. We help cross-border digital commerce companies grow their revenue by maximizing predictability of good transactions. From our Transaction Risk API delivered in under 100ms for pre-authorization models through to our robust manual review tool, Pro Insight, our identity verification product suite verifies over 1.8B requests in 238 countries for 1700+ companies.

Executive Leadership

Rob Eleveld

Chief Executive Officer

Rob leads Ekata in its continued growth and global expansion effots. He previously was the CEO of Whitepages, Inc. and has served as the CEO of other Seattle tech firms including Optify and Vykor. Rob is a proud veteran as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served aboard a fast attack nuclear submarine. Rob has a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MSE and MBA from Stanford University.

Jason Eglit

Chief Financial Officer

Jason oversees the financial, human resources, legal, and administrative functions at Ekata “With the depth of our underlying data, the immense amount of traffic we see across our products, and a rock solid and growing team, I truly believe we have unique opportunity to transform how the world thinks about trusted interactions online.” Prior to Ekata, Jason was a principal at HIG / Bayside.

Kushal Shah

Senior Vice President, Global Product & International Expansion

Kushal leads Ekata’s global product strategy and international expansion efforts to assess market entry as Ekata expands its footprint into new regions. He enjoys understanding the market and customer needs to ensure product-market alignment. Kushal has a Masters in Computer Science and his MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ting Van Osdol

Vice President, Global Account Services

Ting leads Ekata’s Account Service and Customer Success orgs globally. As a member of the executive leadership team, Ting oversees Ekata’s customer base across all regions, responsible for building enduring customer relationship and delivering best in class services to drive maximum value for every customer. Under her leadership, Ekata was able to maintain over 120% revenue net retention rate year over year for that last 3 years.

Beth Shulkin

Vice President, Global Marketing

Beth leads Ekata’s global marketing team. She has 20 years of experience in strategy, product, and marketing, spanning several industries including, finance, communications, digital marketing, and data API technologies.

Will Wyatt

Vice President, Sales & Partnerships

Will leads our sales operations and customer strategy. He has experience scaling technology and marketing sales organizations in Seattle and is passionate about helping customers discover new solutions. Will earned his MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, though he remains a loyal Oregon Duck fan.

Varun Kumar

Vice President, Engineering

Over Varun’s career, he has worked as a software architect within several tech and business verticals, at both big enterprises and startups. He has a diverse skill set covering data stores, big data analytics, Spark, Java, and enterprise software design. Varun has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Kelly Schmitt

Chief Privacy Officer & General Counsel

Kelly serves as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, managing legal affairs and keeping tabs on data security and privacy trends. She previously held the position of Senior Vice President, Operations and General Counsel at ScreenLife, where she managed operations and legal services, and was a liaison with corporate parents Paramount Pictures and Viacom. Kelly attended the College of Saint Benedict and received her law degree from the University of Michigan.

Arjun Kakkar

Vice President, Strategy & Operations

Arjun works with Ekata’s operating teams to drive customer value across ecommerce, payments, marketplaces, and online lending verticals. Prior to Ekata, Arjun was a Principal with Booz & Company. Arjun has a B.Tech. from IIT Bombay and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Suki Hayre

Vice President, Finance

Suki oversees accounting, financial planning and analysis for Ekata. She joined the company’s pre-spinoff business in 2004 and has extensive experience managing the financial and administrative operations of fast growth companies. Suki received a bachelor of science in commerce degree with a major in accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

International Leadership

Spencer McLain

Vice President & General Manager, EMEA – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spencer leads Ekata’s expansion efforts in our Amsterdam office. He supports multiple fraud platform partnerships, collaborates with Product Management to improve Ekata API products to ensure that they provide maximum lift in risk models and/or rule-sets, and acts as a key liaison to complex data customers who require specialized testing/analysis.

Tom Donlea

Vice President & General Manager, APAC – Singapore

Tom leads the efforts to expand the global recognition of Ekata as we migrate into APAC in 2020. He focuses on key partnerships and strategic accounts in eCommerce, online lending, and fintech. Prior to Ekata, Tom was the Director of the Merchant Risk Council.

Daniel Lehoczky

Vice President & General Manager, Budapest – Hungary

Daniel oversees the Hungarian financial, legal, operational and HR functions as the head of our Budapest office. He has 20 years of finance and management experience working in different industries and companies. Daniel holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a Law Degree from Eötvös Lóránd University.

Board of Directors

Alex Algard

Founder, Chairman of the Board

Alex advises Ekata on strategy and product development in his role as Chairman. He is also CEO of Hiya and Chairman of Whitepages. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Engineering, both from Stanford University. He was selected as Software Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

Whitney Bouck

Board Member

Whitney Bouck advises Ekata through her comprehensive experience and knowledge in marketing and growth. Whitney is currently Chief Operating Officer at HelloSign, where she leads the Sales, Marketing, Customer Operations and Business Development teams. Before joining HelloSign, she ran the global marketing organization at Box and built Box’s Enterprise business from the ground up, helping pivot the company from being SMB-oriented to Enterprise-focused.

Rob Eleveld

Chief Executive Officer

Rob leads Ekata in its continued growth and global expansion effots. He previously was the CEO of Whitepages, Inc. and has served as the CEO of other Seattle tech firms including Optify and Vykor. Rob is a proud veteran as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served aboard a fast attack nuclear submarine. Rob has a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MSE and MBA from Stanford University.