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
VP of Operations and Cofounder

As VP of Operations and Cofounder, Anne oversees Bestmile’s business infrastructure and manages the company’s 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
Michael Cottle
VP of Sales, Business Development and Customer Success
As VP of Sales, Business Development and Customer Success, Mike is responsible for all aspects of Bestmile’s worldwide sales and customer engagement. Prior to joining Bestmile, Mike served as VP of Sales and Customer Success at Ridecell where he built the company’s global sales team and spearheaded crucial relationships with automotive companies and mobility service providers. Before his time at Ridecell, Mike served as VP of Worldwide Sales at navigation pioneer deCarta Inc. (acquired by Uber). Mike also worked at Mapsense and in the Apple Maps organization after Mapsense acquisition.
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 was consulting for the business’ Axeleo startup accelerator program.
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.

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

Board of Directors

Anne Mellano
Anne
Mellano
Cofounder & VP of Operations, Bestmile
Reza Malekzadeh
Reza Malekzadeh
General Partner, Partech
Patrice Crisinel
Patrice Crisinel
VP & Chief Investment Officer, Viatrans SA
Andreas Arpagaus
Andreas Arpagaus
Founder, Arpagaus & Baumer Consulting AG
Raphael Gindrat
Raphael Gindrat
Cofounder & CEO, Bestmile
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