Co-Chief Executive Officer
Joseph A. Risico has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Aterian since July 2023. Prior to that, Mr. Risico was Chief Legal Officer and Head of M&A at Aterian since February 2018. Prior to joining Aterian, Mr. Risico held a number of legal and business positions, most recently at AutoModality, Inc., a UAV flight control software company, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel from February 2017 to February 2018, Ecovative Design LLC, a biomaterials company, where he served as General Counsel and Head of Business Development from August 2011 to February 2017, and 3M Company, where he served as the General Counsel of 3M’s corporate ventures business from May 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Risico started his legal career as a corporate associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP from August 2001 to June 2006. Mr. Risico holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from New York University with concentrations in accounting and economics. Mr. Risico also holds a CPA (not active).
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Arturo Rodriguez has served as Aterian’s Co-Chief Executive Officer since July 2023 and has also served as the Company’s CFO since March 2021. From September 2017 to March 2021, Mr. Rodriguez was Senior Vice President of Finance at Aterian. Prior to Aterian, Mr. Rodriguez spent five years as Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller for Piksel, Inc. and also held the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer in his last year. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Rodriguez was with the Atari Group where he held several financial leadership roles, most notably Acting Chief Financial Officer of Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAR) from 2007 to 2008 and Deputy CFO of Atari SA (Euronext: ATA) from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Rodriguez is a New York State CPA who holds a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University.
Senior Vice President of Revenue
Phil Lepper has been the Senior Vice President of Revenue at Aterian since January 2023, following his role as Vice President of Revenue, which he held beginning in June 2021. Prior to joining Aterian, Mr. Lepper served as the Senior Director of eCommerce at Packable from June 2020 until June 2021. Mr. Lepper previously worked at Oriental Trading Company as Head of Marketplace from April 2019 to June 2020 and at Spreetail as Director of New Channels from July 2018 until April of 2019. Mr. Lepper also previously held roles at Kaspien, Mister Car Wash and the Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Lepper holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University.
Chief Technology Officer
Roi Zahut has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2019. Prior to joining Aterian, he served in a number of roles, including as the CTO of the Advanced Analytics global consulting team at IBM and as the architect of IBM Metropulse, a retail & CPG analytics platform, from October 2016 to January 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Zahut lived in Israel where he held senior technical, business and data science roles in startups and consulting companies including IBM Israel from January 2015 to October 2016, Brainbow Ltd from October 2013 to January 2015 and Matrix IT Ltd, an information technology company, from October 2008 to October 2011, working across industries (CPG, industrial and defense). Mr. Zahut also served in the Israeli Air Force from September 2005 to October 2008 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. Mr. Zahut holds an MSc in Neuroscience with distinction from Bar Ilan University.