Our Team

We have a geographically diverse, winning, founder-led management team backed by blue chip equity partners.

Gaston Taratuta

Gaston Taratuta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Experience: 22+ years
Prior companies: UOL
Education: Florida International University

Ignacio Vidaguren

Ignacio Vidaguren

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Experience: 23+ years
Mercado Libre, McKinsey & Co.
Education: M.B.A. Stanford University

Elyse Estrada

Elyse Estrada

Chief Marketing Officer

Experience: 18+ years
Prior Companies: Foursquare, H&M, Mediacom
Education: Brown University

Aljoša Jenko

Aljoša Jenko

Chief Strategy Officer

Experience: 23+ years
Prior Companies: Noovo, Parsek Corp.
Education: M.B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Victoria Hitce

Victoria Hitce

Chief Legal Officer

Experience: 21+ years
Prior Companies: Pampa Energy
Education: Universidad Católica Argentina

Juan Manuel Ruiz

Juan Manuel Ruiz

Chief Financial Officer

Experience: 26+ years
Prior Companies: Claro, Telmex, UOL, Ernst & Young
Education: IAE Business School

Marius Ivanovas

Marius Ivanovas

Chief Revenue Officer

Experience: 21+ years
Prior Companies: DBD Experts, GLC Digital, Deal24, BeFree Productions
Education: Kaunas University of Technology

Plus 1,200+ local digital advertising professionals across 4 continents in 90+ countries and 60+ languages

Our board of directors

Our board of directors is comprised of global and digital experts who provide strategic guidance and robust experience.

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Imran Khan is the chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Khan is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Verishop since its inception in 2018. In addition, Mr. Khan is also the founder of Proem Asset Management. Prior to co-founding Verishop, Mr. Khan served as Snap Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer between 2015 and 2018, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, revenue generation, business operations and partnerships. Previously, Mr. Khan was a Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Khan held the role of Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Research at JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Khan holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Denver.

Gaston Taratuta

Gaston Taratuta

Gaston Taratuta is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors. As our founder, he has been leading the Company since its inception in 2005. Prior to founding Aleph, Mr. Taratuta was the President of UOL e Operations for Universo Online, the largest internet service provider and web content company in Brazil. In 2005, he founded IMS. Mr. Taratuta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fundación Altos Estudios, Buenos Aires, a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in International Marketing from Florida International University.

Ignacio Vidaguren

Ignacio Vidaguren

Ignacio Vidaguren is our Chief Operating Officer and a member of our board of directors. He also is the Chief Executive Officer of IMS and has been at Aleph since 2010. Prior to Aleph, he held various executive positions at MercadoLibre, as Senior Vice President of sales, marketing and business development. Prior to MercadoLibre, Mr. Vidaguren worked for McKinsey and Co. Mr. Vidaguren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Public Accounting from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Pedro Arnt

Pedro Arnt

Pedro Arnt is a member of our board of directors since February 2022. He is the Chief Financial Officer of MercadoLibre, Inc. Mr. Arnt joined MercadoLibre in 1999 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Mr. Arnt initially led MercadoLibre’s business development and marketing teams, and later managed MercadoLibre’s customer experience operations. Mr. Arnt actively participated in transitioning MercadoLibre from a private to a public company when he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning, Treasury & Investor Relations. Prior to joining MercadoLibre, Mr. Arnt worked for The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Arnt holds a Bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Steven Buyse

Steven Buyse

Steven Buyse is a member of our board of directors since July 2021. He is a managing partner at CVC Capital Partners, a world leader in private equity and credit, where he oversees the private equity activities in the Benelux region and the chemicals sector globally. Mr. Buyse joined CVC Capital Partners in 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Buyse spent three years at ING Investment Banking, from 1993 to 1995, and four years as Chief Financial Officer of Corialis Group, from 1996 to 2000. He holds a Commercial Engineering degree from KU Leuven and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Vlerick School for Management, Belgium.

Aljoša Jenko

Aljoša Jenko

Aljoša Jenko is our Chief Strategy Officer and a member of our board of directors since July 2021. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Httpool, which was founded in 2000, and the co-founder of six other advertising, technology and media companies throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. He is responsible for strategic and corporate segments, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, international expansion and key media partnerships. Mr. Jenko holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Juan Manuel Ruiz

Juan Manuel Ruiz

Juan Manuel Ruiz is our Chief Financial Officer and a member of our board of directors since July 2021. He joined the Company in 2013, initially serving as the Senior Vice President of IMS Internet Media Services and becoming global Chief Financial Officer in 2020. Prior to Aleph, he held various executive positions at UOL International, Telmex, Claro, Personal and Ernst & Young. Mr. Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Belgrano in Argentina. Mr. Ruiz holds a Master’s in Business Management from the IAE Business School, the Management and Business School of Austral University in Argentina. He has also taken post-graduate courses at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School.

Marius Ivanovas

Marius Ivanovas

Marius Ivanovas is our Chief Revenue Officer and a member of our board of directors since February, 2022. He joined HTTPool in 2014 through the merger with his digital media agency, initially serving as Country Manager Lithuania, Head of Global Performance Division, VP International and becoming Chief Revenue Officer in 2019. Prior to Aleph, he founded and led various companies such as DBD Experts OU (Digital Media), SIA GLC Digital (IT), UAB BeFree Productions (Entertainment), as well as worked as a CMO of Deal24 - a subsidiary of Rebate Networks GMBH in Baltics and Nordics. Marius Ivanovas is a business result driven digital marketing professional and entrepreneur with over 26 years of experience that started his career while still in high school. He specializes in large scale international projects and leading geographically dispersed teams.

January 2022 Google exclusive partnership

December 2021 Snap Inc. invests minority stake in Aleph

October 2021Twitter Inc. invests minority stake in Aleph

September 2021 Ad Dynamo acquisition, expanding into Africa

August 2021 Mercado Libre invests minority stake in Aleph + media representation

July 2021 CVC invests minority stake in Aleph

July 2021 Connect Ads acquisition, expanding into the Middle East & Turkey.

June 2021 Imran Khan joins as Chairman of the Board

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