Leadership

OUR TEAM

Meet the team behind Sphere – visionaries, industry veterans and senior leaders with deep technology and payment expertise.

Andrew Rueff

Executive Chairman

Andrew has more than 25 years of experience in the legal, banking and financial technology sectors and has substantial experience identifying, structuring and negotiating strategic acquisitions, investments and partner alliances.

Steve Rizzuto

Chief Executive Officer

As chief executive officer, Steve shapes the strategy of Sphere, while providing operational expertise as the company builds upon its leading technology and products in the integrated payments sector. He brings more than two decades of executive experience serving the electronic payments industry in organizations such as TSYS/TransFirst and First Data.

Steven Neel

Chief Financial Officer

Steven brings 15+ years of corporate development in the payments industry with 10+ years investment banking experience to his role as chief financial officer.

Curtis Bauer

Chief Product Officer

Curtis brings more than two decades of payment industry experience with a core focus on Product, Technology and Corporate strategy. He has held Senior Leadership roles at TSYS, TransFirst and Vantiv. He is responsible for identifying and executing on our Product strategy to help deliver growth by providing innovative solutions to our customers.

Tom Bannon

Chief Operations Officer

Tom is an accomplished operations executive with 30+ years’ experience delivering a proven success model. He is responsible for driving the development and efficiency of the company’s business and service operations.

Daryl Seaman

Chief Information Officer

As CIO, Daryl oversees all aspects of new development as well as maintaining the integrity of production processing in a secure operating environment while providing world-class support services to our clients. Daryl is a 35-year veteran of the payments industry, having served in executive Information Technology roles at two of the largest acquirers, First Data Corporation and TSYS.

Paulette Sasso

Chief Human Resources Officer

As CHRO, Paulette is responsible for the company’s human resources strategy, including talent management, leadership development, employee engagement and total rewards. She brings more than two decades of experience in the payments industry, having served as CHRO for Vantiv and TransFirst.

Dr. Heather Randall

Chief Compliance Officer

Heather oversees internal compliance and security, building on the strong foundation to mature and evolve the program. Previously, she served in various senior leadership roles, most recently at a wholly-owned subsidiary of a global payment processor, card issuer, and merchant acquirer.

Lindsay Hudson

General Counsel

Lindsay is the General Counsel for Sphere. She provides oversight and guidance regarding all legal matters, corporate governance, and acts as corporate secretary to the company’s board of directors. Lindsay has ten years of experience in the electronic payments industry serving as in-house counsel to both TransFirst and TSYS prior to joining Sphere.

Anthony Lucatuorto

President, Integrated Health and Payments

Anthony Lucatuorto serves as President, Integrated Health & Payments division. In this role, he is directly responsible for the full P&L management, including strategy, business development, sales, operations, marketing, and technology. Mr. Lucatuorto has over 25 years of experience leading and growing businesses in the financial services industry having held executive-level roles at First Data/Fiserv and TSYS/TransFirst.

Rajesh Voddiraju

President, Patient Engagement Technologies

Rajesh "Raj" Voddiraju serves as President, Patient Engagement Technologies division (Health iPASS). In this role, he manages the Division's P&L, sets the strategic direction/vision, and oversees all business development, sales, operations, marketing, and technology. Mr. Voddiraju has over 25 years of experience in founding and leading fast-growth businesses in the B2B Software, Healthcare IT and Fintech industries.

Todd Baylis

President, Not for Profit Technologies

Todd Baylis is President, Not for Profit Technologies and CEO and Co-Founder of Qgiv, a digital fundraising platform that provides thoughtfully-designed, user-friendly fundraising software to more than 5,000 nonprofits in the United States and Canada. Todd co-founded Qgiv in 2007 with the goal of making it easy for nonprofit, faith-based, and political organizations to accept online donations and payments. Todd earned his MS in IT Management from Carnegie Mellon University and received his BS in Computer and Information Sciences from Florida State University.

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