About us

Inspired by our vision of creating a transformative digital platform.

Leaf is a fast-paced, early stage startup focused on transforming the way B2B transportation is bought and sold. Leaf's freight contracting platform is an end-to-end solution for buyers and sellers to secure future transportation capacity, rates, and service through binding, tradeable Leaf Forward contracts. Using predictive analytics and AI, Leaf enables members to quickly identify the best contracting opportunities for their network, lowering costs and improving operations.

Team.

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Anshu Prasad
CEO

Anshu has 20 years of experience in logistics, technology and analytics. He built and led A.T. Kearney’s global Analytics Practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow technology and analytics businesses, building teams in the US, Europe and Asia.

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Stefan Friederichs
CTO

Stefan combines extensive technology and startup experience with a deep understanding of the logistics industry. He developed a wide range of software systems, including award-winning optimization models to solve some of the most complex problems in the logistics industry. He holds a Master in Information Systems and a PhD in Operations Research.

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Jeff Ryan
Customer Success

Jeff brings his experience as an industry executive responsible for operations and procurement at companies like Bristol Myers Squibb and leadership roles in technology and consulting firms to help carriers, shippers and 3PLs best use the LE platform.

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Bryan Schulte
Analytics

Bryan has extensive experience in logistics and technology startups, and has done groundbreaking work with both shippers and carriers to identify opportunities to improve yield, asset utilization and network balance.

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Andrea Pope
Analytics

Andrea is a passionate and creative problem solver, interested in using data science techniques to drive business decisions. She has over 15 years of experience supporting and implementing best-in-class transportation solutions across modes worldwide. She holds a Master in Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley. 

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Joseph Milstein
Customer Success

Joseph brings over 25 years of experience in international and domestic logistics and transportation to LEAF. He has successfully led many teams to continued revenue growth and increased profitability. His background includes senior management positions at APL, APL Logistics, FMI International (TOLL) and Zim USA. Joseph holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from NYU. 

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Nick Alexander
Customer Success

Nick has 15+ years finance experience at global transportation asset providers, finance partners and startups tackling industry-wide challenges. He was a team lead at GATX Capital and led N.A. regional and asset specific groups, including the container and rail practice at HSH Nordbank. Nick holds an MBA and J.D.

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Petr Kadlec
Analytics

Petr has more than 10 years of experience in supply chain and transportation analytics gained in the industry and at a top management consulting firm. He helped numerous clients solve their supply chain problems by applying advanced data science techniques. He holds a Master in Computer Science and a PhD in Machine Learning.

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Sam Tibbs
Data Science

Sam Tibbs is a former finance professor who transitioned to the corporate world, most recently as the Director of Data Science at FreightWaves and before that as a senior data scientist with Covenant Transport. Sam has his doctorate in finance and CFA Charter along with extensive experience in econometric analysis.

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Shawn Gillespie
Customer Success

Shawn has spent close to 20 years in transportation holding key roles in sales and operations managing both asset and non-asset solutions. He successfully developed a national freight agency, a freight brokerage and a national owner operator network. Shawn combines his industry experience and operational knowledge to help carriers and shippers better engage with the LE platform.

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Leigh Walzer
Data Science

Leigh has experience applying cutting edge data science techniques to solve business problems across an array of industries. Prior to becoming a data scientist, he worked in capital markets with focus on business and financial restructuring. He also has management consulting experience including several years working with technology startups.

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Melissa Hatter
Customer Success Lead

Melissa is customer-obsessed and passionate about helping clients grow their businesses. She has 20 years of experience in building world-class customer success teams and running operations at both startups and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a B.S. Degree from Ithaca College

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Mike Fehling
Customer Success

Mike has 10 years of experience in supply chain and transportation where he held numerous roles in management, sales, and operations. He oversaw the Private & Dedicated Fleet team at a top 3PL where he provided value to his customers by identifying opportunities through technology to eliminate their empty miles. Mike's passion for transportation will be applied to help shippers and carriers best utilize the Leaf platform.

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Frank Sisca
Sales

Frank brings over 20 years of sales experience to Leaf. He has sold to customers across a wide array of industries. Most recently, Frank led the Private Equity sales team for Amazon Web Services. His team was responsible for helping portfolio companies transform their technology stack and retire technical debt. Prior to that, Frank worked at Oracle selling infrastructure to some of the world’s largest financial institutions.

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Justin Ryder
Sales

Justin has nearly twenty years in the logistics industry working in a variety of sales roles for transportation companies. He has worked with a variety of transportation and logistics solutions for a wide breath of industries and is excited about the opportunity to bring innovative change to the trucking industry at the crossroads of technology and strategy.

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Justin Sinclair
Leaf Execution

Justin has 14 years of experience working for CH Robinson as a top Senior Key Capacity Analyst in both Chicago and Grand Rapids, MI--Optimizing top tiered accounts and instrumental in developing and growing the Great Lakes Sourcing Division in CH Robinson as a leading team with NAST. (North American Surface Transportation.) He will be helping Leaf Execution with forward thinking, onboarding and executing transportation needs. He holds BAA in Integrative Public Relations from Central Michigan University.

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Silvia Knox
Customer Success

Silvia has a background in commodity sales and logistics. Prior to Leaf, she worked at an American multinational investment bank where she provided corporate clients with physical base metal financing solutions including hedging derivatives. Previously, she worked for a leading trader of physical agricultural fertilizers where she helped build the container shipping department. Silvia's ability to build strong client relationships and identify their needs has been instrumental to her success.

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Lisa Spodak
Customer Success

Lisa has more than 15 years of experience in client relations and customer success at startups in the media and sales intelligence industries. She has a B.A. from Bucknell and an M.A. from American University.

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Jacob Bennett
Data Science

Jacob brings an eclectic background to Leaf and the analytics team. Over the past decade he's worked on projects ranging from developing IoT devices to grow and harvest algae in Montana, to consulting on data and analytics best practices for oil and gas startups.

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Andreas Kull
Engineering

Andreas' passion is to design and implement scalable architectures for distributed applications with state- of-the-art technologies for long-term and large-scale projects, especially in the financial and automotive sector. He feels very much at home in Asia and says that Japanese culture and aesthetics are the underlying motives in his work. He strongly believes in simplicity, liberty and professional commitment.

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Matt Meyer
Customer Success

Matt comes to Leaf with 11 years experience in the logistics and supply chain industry, where he has scaled teams and driven operational excellence at large 3PLs. His dedication to reducing supply chain friction and improving network synergies can be applied to help carriers and shippers best utilize the Leaf Platform.

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David Sawyer
Customer Success

David Sawyer is a member of the Customer Success Team at Leaf Logistics where he is responsible for building partnerships with carriers and logistics providers. Prior to joining Leaf, David was a Vice President at Linx Partners, an industrial private equity firm with a focus on investing in transportation and logistics companies. While at Linx, David worked in investment origination and transaction execution. He also served on the boards of directors of Linx’s transportation portfolio companies. David lives in New York City, is a curious behavioral finance theorist, is captivated by stand-up comedy, has a love/hate relationship with the game of golf and is an avid New York Rangers fan.

Advisors.

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Mark Shaughnessy

Mark is an experienced executive, formerly COO at Rubicon, and SVP and CPO at Coca Cola Refreshments. Mark started his career as a commodity trader at Cargill and Mars, and now advises early stage companies on strategy and growth.

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Edwin Marcial

Edwin has 25 years of experience leading technology teams, and architecting and developing software systems. As the founding Chief Technology Officer for the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Edwin’s technical vision led to the design of an Internet based commodity trading system that would evolve to become the ICE trading platform.

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Jim Molzon

Jim is a senior advisor to logistics service providers and investors. Currently the lead advisor for logistics and supply chain at TPG, Jim previously held supply chain leadership roles at Lenovo, Solectron (Flex) and AlliedSignal (Honeywell).

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Edith Simchi-Levi

Edith is a renowned leader in the application of technology in the supply chain. As a co-founder and senior executive at companies like Opalytics and LogicTools, Edith has been a practitioner, applying principles she wrote about in "Designing and Managing the Supply Chain" and other publications.

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Joseph M. Thompson

Joe has led procurement and supply chain teams at multinationals such as Avon, Mars and Cargill. A former commodities trader and Chief Procurement Officer, Joe brings extensive experience in applying data and market tools to help manage complex, business critical operations.

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Kalpana Raina

Kalpana is a senior executive with global expertise in finance, strategy, operations and cross-cultural management. In addition to her leadership roles at BNY Mellon, Kalpana brings extensive public sector board experience to Leaf. 

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Thomas Weill

Tom brings extensive supply chain, procurement and operational experience to Leaf. Most recently, Tom held responsibilities including VP, Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives and Chief Procurement Officer at The Campbell Soup Company.

Want to join the team?

Leaf is always looking for forward-thinking talent.
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