Meet the Shelf Engine Team

Fun Fact: We’re all on a mission to reduce food waste through automation.
Leadership
Stefan Kalb
Stefan Kalb
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Stefan Kalb
Stefan Kalb
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Stefan is the Co-Founder and CEO who leads the talented Shelf Engine team. Stefan started his career in the food industry in 2009 when he founded Molly’s, a grab & go food company. While growing Molly's to over 400 regional retail locations, he encountered the problem of food waste first hand. Hungry for a better solution, Stefan co-founded Shelf Engine in 2016. He studied actuarial science and earned a degree in mathematics and economics from Western Washington University. Stefan feels most inspired by data showing the dramatic reduction of food waste and simultaneous business benefit that Shelf Engine makes possible for customers. His favorite thing about working at Shelf Engine is the team's tireless ability to innovate at warp speeds. When Stefan isn't making it happen at Shelf Engine, you can find him with his wife hunting for fresh tracks, on WhatsApp catching up with his family in France, or baking bread at 2am.
Bede Jordan
Bede Jordan
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Bede Jordan
Bede Jordan
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Bede is the Co-Founder and CTO of Shelf Engine who leads the engineering, data science, and product teams. Fun fact: Shelf Engine is only his second job! Prior to launching Shelf Engine, Bede worked at Microsoft as an engineer and managed engineering teams. His favorite project from his Microsoft days was working on augmented reality on the HoloLens team. Bede attended QUT in Brisbane, Australia, earning degrees in both electrical and software engineering. Bede believes technology is a transformational tool, able to solve the problem of food waste at scale. His favorite part about working at Shelf Engine? The team. Bede is constantly inspired working alongside such fantastically talented folks. When he isn't writing code, you can find him hiking, skiing, kayaking, or playing ultimate frisbee.
Kane McCord
Kane McCord
President & Chief Revenue Officer
Kane McCord
Kane McCord
President & Chief Revenue Officer
Kane is the President and Chief Revenue Officer at Shelf Engine. Kane previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Ibotta, where he grew the company from pre-revenue to more than $200M in revenues and achieved a $1B+ valuation. Before that, Kane was a leader at McKinsey & Company in its Consumer and Retail practice. He holds a BS in finance from Indiana University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kane joined Shelf Engine because in his nearly 20 years in consumer technology he has yet to encounter a more distinguished group of teammates and investors, and because he believes its technology will permanently improve retail supply chains while benefiting the environment and eliminating food waste. When not fueling Shelf Engine’s explosive growth, Kane enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three daughters in his home state of Colorado.
Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander
Chief Operating Officer
Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander
Chief Operating Officer
Deborah and her team ensure that customers using Shelf Engine have a terrific experience. A Certified Public Accountant, Deborah started her career in management consulting at a Big Four accounting firm. The experience helped her realize just how much she loves building and scaling robust processes across organizations. Deborah attended Boise State University, where she earned her master’s degree in accounting. She joined Shelf Engine for the ability to build processes from the ground up with a great bunch of people in a company focused on sustainability. She is inspired by Shelf Engine's mission, believing that our ability to reduce food waste along the entire value chain while improving business results for our customers is a unique offering. When Deborah isn’t innovating at Shelf Engine, you can find her discovering new ways to grow food on a houseboat.
Shawn Ramirez
Shawn Ramirez
Head of Data Science
Shawn Ramirez
Shawn Ramirez
Head of Data Science
Shawn leads the growing data science team to drive retailer profit and reduce waste. Before joining Shelf Engine, Shawn was Head of Data Science and Engineering at a data science bootcamp where she led spring development of data products, models, and analyses for external customers. Prior to that, she was a political science professor researching terrorism and high-stakes negotiations. Shawn attended Boston University and the University of Rochester where she studied political science. She chose to come to Shelf Engine because she wanted to use her data science and leadership skills for good. She believes that our mission to reduce food waste will have a powerful, secondary impact on hunger, poverty, and climate change. When Shawn isn’t at Shelf Engine, you can find her cooking, cycling, painting, or playing with her two beautiful children.
Ryan Conti
Ryan Conti
Head of Strategy
Ryan Conti
Ryan Conti
Head of Strategy
Ryan dives into whatever will help Shelf Engine run smoother, grow faster, and operate more efficiently. Prior to joining Shelf Engine, Ryan was in Sales Strategy and Operations at Fundera, and did Model Risk Analytics at M&T Bank after studying philosophy and economics at Amherst College. He joined the Shelf Engine team for the unique opportunity to help build a truly exceptional business that is unambiguously good for the world. Ryan is inspired by the inherent alignment between Shelf Engine’s success and our customers’ success, since our fiscal performance hinges on our ability to minimize food waste in the supply chain. His favorite part about working on the team is getting to solve really challenging and unique problems, and having the agency and autonomy to explore bold, creative solutions. When Ryan isn't moving Shelf Engine forward, you can find him waterskiing, hiking, or (when it gets too wet outside) in his makeshift woodshop. (Fun fact: Ryan was a Green Bay Packers ball boy!)
Sophi Kim
Sophi Kim
Head of Product Management
Sophi Kim
Sophi Kim
Head of Product Management
Sophi is the head of product management, overseeing a team dedicated to translating quantitative and qualitative feedback into product innovations. These features reduce pain points, bring efficiencies, and enable growth for retail customers. Prior to Shelf Engine, Sophi held a variety of lead product roles at Amazon spanning retail supply chain optimization, Amazon and Whole Foods Market integration, and Just Walk Out—the same technology powering Amazon Go stores. Sophi joined Shelf Engine to work towards the meaningful mission of reducing food waste alongside industry-leading talent. A US Navy veteran, Sophi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. When she’s not revolutionizing retail technology, Sophi enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, touring art museums, and watching local performing arts.
Erik Senescu
Erik Senescu
Executive Vice President of Revenue
Erik Senescu
Erik Senescu
Executive Vice President of Revenue
Erik Senescu oversees Shelf Engine’s Partnerships organization as the Executive Vice President of Revenue. Erik has devoted his career to the CPG and grocery retail industries and, prior to Shelf Engine, led the Sales and Account Management functions at Ibotta. Erik studied entrepreneurship and risk management at the University of Wisconsin (fun fact: he was also on their wrestling team!) and earned his MBA from Washington University – St. Louis. Erik joined Shelf Engine because of its mission to solve a pressing challenge for the grocery industry while making a positive impact on the climate crisis by reducing food waste, a cause he is passionate about. In his spare time, Erik enjoys golfing, grilling, and being outdoors.
Salar Salahshoor
Salar Salahshoor
Head of Marketing
Salar Salahshoor
Salar Salahshoor
Head of Marketing
Salar ensures that the Shelf Engine brand effectively connects with all stakeholders to generate goodwill for the company and demand for our solutions to further our mission to reduce food waste through automation. He started his career as a financial analyst at Amazon, but quickly fell in love with digital marketing and growth hacking. Salar was the founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency that he successfully grew over six years and sold to Disruptive Advertising in 2016. Prior to joining Shelf Engine, he was the VP of Strategy & Growth at a publicly-traded business process automation company where he managed the global and inside sales functions. Salar is a graduate of Seattle University where he studied finance and economics. Salar chose to work at Shelf Engine because he gravitates toward mission-driven businesses. His favorite thing about working here is collaborating with super smart people to solve meaningful problems in an environment that promotes trust and autonomy. When Salar isn’t leading marketing at Shelf Engine you can find him in scuba gear exploring the oceans.
Tina Chong
Tina Chong
Head of Accounting & Finance Operations
Tina Chong
Tina Chong
Head of Accounting & Finance Operations
Tina oversees the function dedicated to ensuring financial accuracy and operational scalability. She brings to Shelf Engine a passion for continuous improvement of processes and developing a highly effective team to serve and enable the entire business. Tina is an experienced leader with a background in public offerings, financial reporting, revenue recognition and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Prior to Shelf Engine, Tina was the Controller and first accounting hire at tech logistics company Flexe, where she built the finance organization from the ground up. She also helped lead Zulily through its Series C, D, IPO and ultimately sale to Liberty Interactive. Tina holds a BS in finance from the University of Washington. She enjoys spending time with her husband, toddler and two fur babies outdoors at various locales, including the dog park, beach, zoo, and aquarium.
Cameron Kennedy
Cameron Kennedy
Head of Analytics
Cameron Kennedy
Cameron Kennedy
Head of Analytics
Cameron leads Shelf Engine’s analytics function, enabling the organization to use data to make great business decisions at scale. He is particularly excited to establish Shelf Engine’s foundational analytics capabilities from an early stage at a rapidly growing enterprise that makes such a difference in the world. Prior to Shelf Engine, Cameron led the analytics team at a CPG technology company, and has held several other such leadership roles across a variety of industries. He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Information and Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Cameron is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. When he’s not building structure, processes, and technology to support his team, Cameron serves on the board of directors for Challenge Aspen, a nonprofit that creates possibilities for people with disabilities. He enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing in the mountains with his wife and two daughters.
Tanya Slovin
Tanya Slovin
Director of Talent Acquisition
Tanya Slovin
Tanya Slovin
Director of Talent Acquisition
Tanya leads the Talent Acquisition function responsible for successfully recruiting top talent across all departments to fuel the next phase of Shelf Engine’s growth. She and her team are expressly focused on providing support and resources to hiring teams and ensuring that candidates enjoy a terrific pursuit experience. Prior to joining Shelf Engine, Tanya spent close to five years at Ibotta where she most recently led the Business Recruiting team. Tanya was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to Phoenix when she was 10. She graduated from the University of Arizona and started her career in sales shortly thereafter. She quickly discovered her passion for recruiting and serving on People teams. Tanya joined Shelf Engine because she wanted to get in (close to) the ground floor of a mission-driven organization and be an instrumental part of its growth. Tanya loves traveling to warm places (fun fact: she is known to drink a lot of hot water…plain, hot water), spending quality time with family and friends, and catching up on Saved by the Bell and Friends reruns.
Maura Stone
Maura Stone
Director of Field
Maura Stone
Maura Stone
Director of Field
Maura leads the nationwide field team that provides invaluable support to Shelf Engine’s grocery retail customers. Prior to Shelf Engine, she held several management roles at nationally recognized retailers, including working with franchisees to sync their business models to corporate structures. Maura’s exceptional ability to implement strong procedures was evident during her tenure as Regional Manager on Shelf Engine’s Field Team serving the eastern United States. Maura has a BS in Business Administration from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, and was initially attracted to Shelf Engine because of its mission to eliminate food waste. She has stayed because of the team’s appetite to find novel ways to improve processes. When she’s not preparing for the team’s massive growth, Maura enjoys reading, building and refurbishing furniture, and hanging out with her husband and four kids.
Kaylee Mulligan
Kaylee Mulligan
Director of Customer Launch
Kaylee Mulligan
Kaylee Mulligan
Director of Customer Launch
Kaylee leads the Customer Launch team responsible for efficiently onboarding new retailers and vendors onto the Shelf Engine platform. Prior to joining Shelf Engine, Kaylee held various leadership positions at Ibotta including Business Development, where she managed innovative partnerships, and Business Transformation, where she built and scaled the project management team. Kaylee studied environmental management at Yale University for her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She started her career in environmental education and was drawn to Shelf Engine’s mission to reduce food waste through automation. Kaylee loves that Shelf Engine’s product gives retailer and vendor partners the opportunity to do well and do good. When she isn’t accelerating Shelf Engine launches you can find Kaylee enjoying the great outdoors—cycling, hiking, or hanging out at the park—with her family in Colorado.
Jordan Sabatka
Jordan Sabatka
Director of People Strategy
Jordan Sabatka
Jordan Sabatka
Director of People Strategy
Jordan is the head of the HR team and is responsible for further developing the exciting culture at Shelf Engine. She has a passion for producing innovative solutions that help organizations scale through massive growth. Prior to Shelf Engine, Jordan was an HR Business Partner leader at Zillow Group where she worked to scale the company to 8,000 employees and assisted the transition from a completely in-office environment to a distributed workforce. Jordan has also held HR leadership roles in the retail, technology, and start-up spaces and helped shepherd companies through immense change. Jordan earned her master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Kansas State University and holds an undergraduate business degree in finance from Texas State University. When she’s not leading HR, you can find Jordan spending time with her six-year-old daughter going on walks, visiting playgrounds, or playing at the beach.
Hans Bultema
Hans Bultema
Director of Operations
Hans Bultema
Hans Bultema
Director of Operations
Hans leads the team responsible for delivering strategic and tactical results for Shelf Engine’s customers. Prior to joining Shelf Engine, Hans held leadership positions at environmental impact startups including FoodMaven, a food distributor and online marketplace that captured food waste along the value chain. As Director of Supply, he ran FoodMaven’s collaboration with suppliers that included growers, ranchers, and processors as well as regional manufacturers, distributors, and some of the largest food retailers in the country. Hans started his career in China doing business development and later was an intelligence analyst contractor for the US government. He completed graduate work in international affairs at The George Washington University and majored in Chinese and Asian studies as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Hans is an avid gardener and a believer that food is medicine. When he’s not working to reduce food waste through automation, he’s out exploring the mountains or attending live concerts and art shows.
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Shelf Engine helps grocers and suppliers increase profits while reducing food waste through completely automated ordering of highly perishables. With more than 200 employees and counting, our team continues to grow! Shelf Engine is looking for high-performing, mission-aligned people who are passionate to help us reduce food waste through automation.
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