Our Team

Dev Shukla

CEO, Founder & Chairman of the Board

Dev (Devendra) Shukla, the CEO and founder of Spend Labs, Inc., is a serial entrepreneur, hands-on investor and engaged mentor. He has procured and delivered over two Billion dollars of services and products throughout the world. He has extreme passion for building world class teams focused primarily on solving customer needs. Over the past thirty years he has built five successful businesses, invested in five other companies, hired over 2,000 to 5,000 people, achieving 50% per year compounded growth over ten years.

Dr. Shukla is a Distinguished Alumni of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has a Ph. D. in probabilistic applications to engineering systems.

Bruce R. Ledesma

Member of the Board

Bruce Ledesma is an experienced senior executive in the financial services and software industries. He is the Executive Vice President – Corporate Development of Mosaic, the leading fintech platform providing home improvement financing to the U.S. market. Bruce’s responsibilities include building strategic partnerships with regional banks and credit unions, sourcing venture capital and private equity investments, and overseeing technology transactions. Over the past 25 years, Bruce held various executive and board positions in the financial services, software and energy sectors, and practiced as a corporate attorney for a major global law firm. He has worked for multiple private and public companies from early stage growth through successful liquidity events. Bruce has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Amir Friedman

Advisory Board Member

Amir focuses on developing strategic partnerships with banks and credit unions and has more than 15 years of specialty finance and capital markets experience at Mosaic, Prosper Marketplace, American Express, Prospect Capital, Bear Stearns, and Chevron.

Surender Chauhan

Vice President of Engineering

A Technical co-founder and VP of Engineering at Spend Labs is responsible for running the engineering department. As a head of engineering he is making sure engineering resources are aligned with the company’s product vision and deliver the product in collaboration with the product team.

Surender has more than 15 years of experience in building products in payments industry and has worked at TSYS after acquisition of Infonox before joining Spend Labs. He is highly experienced technical leader with the deep knowledge of payment industry especially in Merchant Acquiring and Card Issuing platforms. Surender has a master’s degree in computer science from NMU – North Maharashtra University, India.

Vikas Panwar

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, Vikas focuses on product strategy, product architecture as well as security and scalability of the SpendLabs platform. He advises the engineering team on technical matters and designs significant software components. Vikas has 19 years of experience developing products both in user and enterprise space. His experience includes leadership roles in Engineering and Technology, building products from scratch, leading developers and advising executives. Information security is one of his areas of interest and he has patents and publications in this domain.

Vikas has a masters degree in computer science from the University of Pune and is a member of the ISC2 consortium.

Prashant Kumar

Chief Business Officer

As SpendLabs’ Chief Business Officer, Prashant Kumar focuses on defining the company’s strategic direction and executing on business development initiatives by developing key partnerships and understanding customers’ needs to deliver relevant and innovative products and solutions.

Prashant has more than 16 years of experience leading globally distributed teams, projects and customer engagements at high growth enterprise software companies. He has held leadership roles in Product Management, Corporate and Business Development, and Management Consulting at Fortune 500 companies. He has a proven track record of building and scaling businesses and delivering value to key stakeholders. Prashant has an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business.