Commerce.Innovated.TM is led by a core team of seasoned professionals from Silicon Valley Bank and First Data with deep subject matter expertise and an expansive network in the commerce space that are passionate about supporting your startup to succeed.

Core Team

A dedicated team committed to working closely with you and giving you immediate access to Silicon Valley Bank and First Data Bank experts.

Reetika Grewal SVB, Payments Strategy and Solutions

Reetika is responsible for SVB’s payments strategy and development as well as working collaboratively with clients and partners to help deliver their solutions to market. She has been recognized by PaymentsSource as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Payments for the past three years and currently serves on Electronic Transaction Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to SVB, Reetika held senior positions at JPMorgan Chase, Clairmail (acquired by Monitise), Wells Fargo, and Sapient.

Philip Bodell First Data, Director Business & Corporate Development

Philip leads initiatives across First Data’s Business Development and Ventures efforts. Prior to joining First Data, he worked at Morgan Stanley on the firm’s private equity funds. Philip holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.

Sophie McNaught SVB, Payments Strategy and Solutions

Sophie is a senior payments strategist at Silicon Valley Bank. Sophie previously worked across Australia and Hong Kong as a banking and finance attorney, specializing in financial regulation and financial services M&A.

Joseph Rivetti First Data, Manager Business & Corporate Development

Joe is responsible for managing initiatives across a range of functional areas including Corporate & Business Development and M&A activity. Prior to joining First Data, he worked in the music industry which involved tenures at various recording studios. Joe holds an MS in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Sam Lituchy First Data, Director Business & Corporate Development

Sam is responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives on behalf of First Data’s Management Committee, focused on delivering innovative technology solutions for clients. Prior to First Data, Sam worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. analyzing real estate acquisition and development opportunities for the firm.

Mentors

Experts from Silicon Valley Bank and First Data that provide first-hand knowledge across a diverse range of operational areas.

Chris Augustin First Data, Chief Information Officer

Chris is Chief Information Officer at First Data, leading the company’s software development, engineering, enterprise architecture, and data management. He is an integral part of accelerating strategic innovation, and transforming how First Data leverages technology to help clients grow their business. Chris is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and the New York University Stern School of Business.

EJ Jackson First Data, SVP & GM of Security and Fraud Solutions

EJ Jackson is SVP & GM of Security and Fraud Solutions at First Data. Jackson has spent more than two decades in leadership, product strategy, business development, marketing, and sales for VC-backed and large enterprise software companies. He comes to First Data from SAP, where he served as SVP and GM of SAP Anywhere. Prior to his role at SAP, EJ was the President and Founder of Provade Inc., a leading VMS SaaS provider in the market.

Jack Stephenson First Data, SVP Digital Commerce Solutions

Jack Stephenson heads strategy, partnerships, and client solutions in digital commerce and mobile payments. With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate strategy, innovation, business intelligence, and mobile commerce, Jack co-founded and led McKinsey’s Payments Practice, serving banks, credit card companies, processors, telecom operators and technology companies. Prior to joining First Data he led mobile and payments innovation for PayPal and JPMorgan Chase. Jack is a recognized expert in payments, and has been a frequent speaker and author on topics related to digital commerce.

Basil Abifaker SVP, Head of Product for Gift Solutions

Basil Abifaker is Head of Product for Gift Solutions and joined First Data as part of the Transaction Wireless (TWI) acquisition in June 2015. Basil is using his entrepreneurial vision and technical background to help transform the traditional Gift Solutions processing business to a new digital distribution and marketing business. Basil holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Chris Harris Senior Payments Strategist, SVB

Chris leads strategic payment initiatives across SVB and partners with start-ups and growth companies in the payments and commerce space to help them develop and optimize payment solutions.

Laura Seaton

Laura works with clients in the payments space focusing on BSA/AML compliance requirements. She has worked in risk management for the past 11 years and has held positions in internal audit, fraud detection and prevention, and AML/BSA compliance and investigations

Jim Marshall Managing Director, SVB

Jim manages SVB’s relationships with Silicon Valley based VC firms focused on seed stage investing. Part of Jim’s role at SVB is also working with and connecting entrepreneurs to various resources within the SVB platform.

Denny Boyle

Denny is the Fintech Sector Head for SVB. He partners closely with investors and companies in the fintech ecosystem to increase their probability of success.

Christine Larsen First Data, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

Christine has served as First Data’s chief operations officer (COO) since June 2013. Reporting to CEO Frank Bisignano, Christine leads the company’s global operations, overseeing 13,000 employees, driving change to the company’s systems and processes in order to improve the total client experience and drive revenue growth. She was named one of the most influential women in payments for 2017 and currently serves on First Data’s Management Committee and the Board of Directors of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

John China Silicon Valley Bank, Head of Technology Banking

John is the head of technology banking for Silicon Valley Bank where he is focused on delivering best-fit solutions, insights and connections for the bank’s technology and innovation clients and the groups that support them. John is constantly – and enthusiastically – making connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers.

John is a member of the advisory board of DEMO and ASTIA and serves on the boards of BUILD and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.