The Leadership Team

Meet the mobility services visionaries that founded Bestmile and the data scientists, algorithm engineers, marketing, and customer success leaders that are bringing the vision to life for mobility service providers around the world.
Raphael Gindrat
Raphael Gindrat
Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder
Raphael is a cofounder of Bestmile and as CEO he is the executive leader of the company’s business and technical teams. He is a pioneer in the world of autonomous mobility, having led a project with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne with cofounder Anne Mellano to test and operate some of the first autonomous vehicle projects in Europe, after which organizers of autonomous mobility projects from throughout the world requested their expertise in defining and managing autonomous mobility trials. He is active in many global industry organizations including the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers.
Anne Mellano
Anne Mellano
Cofounder

Anne is a cofounder of Bestmile and oversees the company's business infrastructure and manages the day-to-day business and marketing operations. She is a civil engineer with specialization in the development of innovative transportation systems. Prior to founding Bestmile, Anne worked as a Transport Engineer where she was in charge of project management for two of the first autonomous mobility projects in Europe, ultimately codeveloping the concept of the Bestmile Mobility Services Platform. Anne overseas Bestmile’s role in Swiss and EU government-sponsored projects including the AVENUE project to bring autonomous services to multiple European Cities.

Gary Patterson
Gary Patterson
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Gary is responsible for developing strategic relationships with trusted and value-added partners around the globe. He will also oversee customer support, product deployment and customer success operations. Prior to joining Bestmile, Gary was VP of Technology, Big Data, for cloud management infrastructure and software provider Virtustream, a Dell Technologies Business. He has also served as an advisor to startups developing cloud-based big data, analytics, data science, IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence solutions. Gary holds MS/MIS and MBA degrees from Boston University.
Marco Laumanns
Marco Laumanns
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Marco is responsible for guiding the development of the Bestmile Mobility Services Platform architecture and the company’s intellectual property. Prior to joining Bestmile, Marco was a project leader for transportation and operations research at IBM Research where he worked with leading public transportation operators and agencies. He is a renowned expert in optimization and transportation, has co-authored over 100 scientific articles with over 17,000 citations, and serves on the executive committee of the Swiss Operations Research Society as well as the editorial board of the EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics.
Michael Cottle
Jérôme Caillaud
Head of Product

As Head of Product, Jérôme Caillaud is responsible for guiding the Bestmile Mobility Services Platform product roadmap and for leading the product management team. Jérôme brings a wide range of experience leading the development of innovative software platforms and solutions in the connected car and location-based-services industries. After spending much of his early career working in Michelin’s connected car business groups where he notably helped develop a best-in-class real-time traffic information service, Jérôme led product development teams at Mappy and OnYourMap. Most recently Jérôme worked for tech accelerator Axeleo, helping startups shape go to market strategies.

Michael Cottle
Alvaro Gonçalves
Vice President of Engineering
As VP of Engineering, Alvaro manages the people and processes that build the Bestmile Mobility Services Platform. He is an experienced engineering leader with expertise in defining strategy and shaping teams to rapidly build and deliver new products to scale engineering to accommodate growth. After beginning his career as a software engineer, Alvaro spent 16 years in multiple roles with increasing responsibility at Nagravision, the last eight as of which were as VP of Engineering responsible for delivering cutting-edge new product such as a TV as a Service platform; a multi-screen and multi-platform media player; and an IPTV solution.

Board of Directors

Anne Mellano
Rodney J. Rogers
Chairman, Bestmile. Cofounder & PARTNER, BLUE LAGOON CAPITAL
Reza Malekzadeh
Reza Malekzadeh
General Partner, Partech
Patrice Crisinel
Patrice Crisinel
VP & Chief Investment Officer, Viatrans SA
Andreas Arpagaus
Kevin Ried
COFOUNDER & PARTNER, BLUE LAGOON CAPITAL
Raphael Gindrat
Raphael Gindrat
Cofounder & CEO, Bestmile

Advisory Board

Christopher Choa
Christopher Choa
VP Urban Development, AECOM
Pascal Dutheil
Pascal Dutheil
General partner & Owner, Andromede Consulting
Randell Iwasaki
Randell Iwasaki
Pierre Gosset
Pierre Gosset
Pierre Gosset
Hinrich Woebcken
Former President and CEO, VW Group of america
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