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.
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Raphaël Gindrat
Founder & CEO
Raphael is a founder and the executive leader of the Bestmile team. He is a pioneer in the world of autonomous mobility, having led a project with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne to test and operate one of the first autonomous vehicles in Europe. He was also actively involved in the European project CityMobil2. Raphael earned a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation from the EPFL.
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Anne Mellano
Founder & VP Operations EMEA

Anne is a founder of Bestmile and as VP of Operations she supports the growth of the company and oversees the day-to-day operations. She is a civil engineer with specialization in the development of innovative transportation systems. Prior to founding Bestmile, she worked in an urban planning office in Lausanne as a Transport Engineer where she was in charge of project management for two innovative European transportation projects. Anne holds an M.S. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.

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Zhao LU
CTO
Zhao leads Bestmile's technical development teams. He has worked in research and development for large organizations like IBM as well as for Silicon Valley’s startups. Most importantly, he led the development and deployment of one of the world’s leading taxi platforms, Easy Taxi, available in 30 countries and used by more than 20 million people. Zhao earned a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.
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Marco Laumanns
VP Research
Marco is leading Bestmile's interdisciplinary team of highly skilled transportation researchers, data scientists, and algorithm engineers. Previously as Project Leader for Transportation and Operations Research at IBM Research, Marco was responsible for public transport activities across IBM’s worldwide labs. He is a regular adviser to major public transport operators and governments to provide thought leadership on future mobility issues including new service designs and automation of planning and operations. Marco holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Universität Dortmund and a Ph.D. in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich.
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Lissa Franklin
VP of Business Development & Marketing

Lissa Franklin directs a team of business development professionals in Europe and the U.S. and leads the marketing strategy for the company. Lissa previously managed AppDirect’s Connected Vehicles Practice where she worked with OEMs, Tier 1s and technology providers. As a Silicon Valley executive, she built her broad experience in SaaS-based products, mobility services, and connected cars and fleets. Lissa is also part of the executive team of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association. Lissa holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Michael Cottle
VP of Sales & Customer Success
Mike leads the teams responsible for all sales and support activities with Bestmile’s worldwide customers. With more than 25 years of experience leading software and SAAS organizations, Mike has a proven history of building highly successful teams and delivering successful transportation services to customers. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales and Customer Success at Ridecell, where he was responsible for building Ridecell's worldwide customer base. Prior to Ridecell, Mike was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at deCarta, Inc., which was acquired by Uber. Mike earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Dallas.

Advisory Board


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Christopher Choa
VP Urban Development, AECOM
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Randell Iwasaki
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Pascal Dutheil
Start-up Coaching & Venture Financing

Board of Directors

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