Shyam Rao

Co-Founder & CEO


Shyam Rao is the Co-Founder and CEO of Punchh, the world leader in delivering dynamic, one-to-one customer engagement through artificial intelligence, mobile-first expertise, and omnichannel communications for restaurants and retailers. Punchh’s solutions are designed to guide consumers through their lifecycle from customer to loyalist, delighting them along the way, and dramatically increasing lifetime customer value. Nearly 200 global enterprise brands rely on Punchh to grow revenue by building customer relationships.

Previously, Shyam held various senior positions at Motorola in its CDMA and WiMAX divisions. His experience at Motorola led him to co-found LoCognition, a mobile location based services (LBS) startup focused on aggregating and standardizing access to subscribers through a proprietary platform across different cellular networks.

Shyam holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Chicago.