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 is the team's tireless ability to innovate at warp speeds. When Stefan isn't making it happen at Shelf, 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 who leads the engineering, data science, and product teams. Fun fact: Shelf Engine is only his second job! Prior to launching Shelf, 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? 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 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’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, 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 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, you can find her cooking, cycling, painting, or playing with her two beautiful children.
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.
Michael McPhie
Michael McPhie
Head of Operations
Michael McPhie
Michael McPhie
Head of Operations
Michael leads the growing Operations team to deliver exceptional service to Shelf Engine’s customers. Prior to joining Shelf, Michael held various product innovation leadership roles at global companies such as Apple and Visa. He has built a career crafting new technologies that disrupt traditional industries and deliver innovative experiences to customers. Michael studied business at Wittenberg University and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He chose to join Shelf because he wanted to use his operating and leadership skills for both social and business good. His favorite thing about Shelf is the collective spirit and commitment to the mission that is evident across the entire team. When he isn’t at Shelf, you can find Michael spending time with his family, cycling, or enjoying the 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 good will 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, 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 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 you can find him in scuba gear exploring the oceans.
Ryan Conti
Ryan Conti
Head of Growth
Ryan Conti
Ryan Conti
Head of Growth
Ryan dives into whatever will help Shelf Engine run smoother, grow faster, and operate more efficiently. Prior to joining Shelf, 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 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!)
Brian Kuethe
Brian Kuethe
Head of Finance & Strategy
Brian Kuethe
Brian Kuethe
Head of Finance & Strategy
Brian leads the Finance and Analytics teams at Shelf Engine. Together their work enables the business to grow in a smart and agile way and ensures that strategic decisions are well-informed. Brian began his career as an attorney before trading in time sheets for more analytically rigorous opportunities. He transitioned to corporate finance with Google and Microsoft before leading Finance and Legal for another Seattle startup. Brian studied finance at the University of Iowa, where he also completed his JD before earning an MBA at Duke University. He joined Shelf to be part of an organization with a social benefit and to flex his skills beyond finance. His favorite part about working here is how decisive and execution-oriented the team is. When he’s not helping transform the food supply chain, Brian enjoys golfing, tackling a never-ending stream of home improvement projects, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters.
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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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