Lausanne, Switzerland and San Francisco, CA, USA, October 25, 2017 — Bestmile, the leading platform for the operation and optimization of autonomous and ridesharing mobility solutions, announced today two new additions to its executive team. Lissa Franklin has joined the company as Vice President Business Development and Marketing, and Marco Laumanns as Vice President Research. Both executives have impressive track records in connected vehicle and transportation services.


Lissa brings extensive experience in market development and customer-driven solutions in new mobility services. At Bestmile she 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.


Marco brings significant industry and research expertise in public transportation and optimization. At Bestmile, he is building and managing an 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 globally 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.


“Lissa and Marco bring to Bestmile a wealth of experience in transportation and mobility services. These positions add to the expertise of the executive team, including the hire of CTO Zhao Lu earlier this year,” said Raphael Gindrat, CEO and co-founder of Bestmile. “They will be major drivers of the company’s next phase of growth as we continue to innovate around the world.”


Bestmile empowers mobility providers, OEMs and technology providers to deliver innovative, efficient and flexible mobility services leveraging autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing solutions. Bestmile’s cloud platform intelligently optimizes and integrates autonomous vehicles in the existing human-driven environment. Since its launch in 2014, Bestmile’s platform has enabled the transportation of more than 200,000 people globally in commercial autonomous deployments in cities, campuses, public roads and more.


Bestmile will be at ITS World Congress in Montreal, October 30th to November 2nd. Meet the team at booth #2122 for a demonstration of the latest features of the platform and discuss Bestmile’s most recent deployments. Raphael Gindrat, Bestmile’s CEO, will also give a presentation during the Session “Reinventing Public Transport with Smart Shuttles” on Tuesday, October 31st.