Flexport Leadership Team

Meet our technology and supply chain experts, all driven to make global trade easier for everyone.

Executive Leadership

Ryan Petersen
Founder & CEO

Prior to starting Flexport to fix the user experience in global trade, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of ImportGenius.com, a data-as-a-service business for global shipping. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.

Sanne Manders
Chief Operating Officer

Sanne leads operations, procurement, and carrier relations. Before Flexport, he was at BCG, leading customer relations in its logistics and supply chain practice. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

Huey Lin
President, Asia

Huey oversees all activity for Flexport across Asia, where she spent more than a decade leading operations for PayPal. Prior, she served as COO for Affirm, a leading fintech company. Huey earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and her A.M. from Stanford University.

Chris Ferro, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer

Chris runs Flexport’s legal, compliance, and customs functions. He’s held similar roles at Xoom and PayPal/ebay, where he was the second lawyer hired. Prior, he practiced law at two firms in New York City. He earned his BA from Stanford University and his JD from Georgetown.

Ben Braverman
Chief Customer Officer

Ben spearheads our global sales and go to market teams. In leadership roles before Flexport, Ben helped drive two high-growth companies to successful acquisitions: URX (acquired by Pinterest) and Heyzap (acquired by Fyber).

James Chen
Chief Technology Officer

James Chen is responsible for driving Flexport’s product vision and technology strategy. He was most recently a Director of Technology at Amazon, and prior was a CTO at both Jenzabar and Rakuten. James holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Philippe Lyko
Global Head of Finance

Philipe heads up finance at Flexport, managing financial strategy and overseeing all financial functions of the company. Prior to his finance leadership at Flexport, Philippe spent over two decades leading financial operations at companies like Illumina and GE. Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Economics, Finance from the ICN School of Management (France).

Neil Davies
Global Head of People

As Global Head of People, Neil and the people team, work to empower Flexporters to achieve Flexports mission. In his role, he focuses on making Flexport an exceptional place to work and ensuring that our people strategy supports our mission and our culture and inspires Flexporters to maximize their impact. Neil comes to Flexport having held a variety of People roles at Microsoft, Visa, Motorola, Paypal and Activision Blizzard and brings with him 25 years of HR and recruitment experience. Neil has a BSc, Economics from University of Wales, Cardiff and a Masters, HRM from University of Glamorgan.

Jeremy Smith
Global Head of Sales & Account Management Excellence

Responsible for Flexport’s North America sales organization and customer-centric culture, Jeremy brings more than 20 years of global sales and technology experience. Prior, he held sales and leadership roles with ServiceNow, Dell, Symantec, and IBM.

Stuart Leung
SVP, North America

Stuart Leung is leading Flexport’s North American growth. Prior he led finance and operations for Reformation and Vaunte, and held analyst roles at Alcentra and Lehman Brothers. Stuart holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jan van Casteren
VP, EMEA

Jan is responsible for expanding Flexport’s global reach and European presence. Prior, Jan was a Project Leader with Boston Consulting Group, supporting clients in logistics, transportation, and energy. He earned his MBA from INSEAD in Singapore and has an MSc in Information Science from Tilburg University in Holland.

Javier Cortes Angel
Chief of Staff to CEO

As Chief of Staff, Javier works alongside Flexport’s CEO and executive team to manage the company’s strategic initiatives, launch cross-functional programs, and ensure teams track towards organization-wide objectives. Prior, Javier spent time at Instacart, where he served as Head of Finance, and PwC, where he helped public clients like Yahoo and Twitter with critical strategic projects and build operational efficiency. Javier holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Universitè Nice Sophia Antipolis.

Senior Leadership

Eva Rijser
VP, Global Communications

Eva leads global internal and external communications at Flexport. Prior to Flexport, Eva was a 15-year veteran at Edelman, the world's largest communications agency, where she was most recently EVP & Group Director for Corporate Affairs. She started her career at Philips in the Netherlands.

Kevin Paige
Chief Information Security Officer

Now CISO at Flexport, Kevin was previously CISO at MuleSoft and has held leadership roles at Salesforce, xMatters, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Kevin holds an M.S. in Computers and Information Systems from Boston University and a B.S. in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.

Chien-Liang Chou
VP, Engineering

With 20+ years experience building technologies and teams at Lending Club, Stockpile, Loyal3, Salesforce.com, and Oracle, Chien leads engineering at Flexport. He holds a B.S. from National Taiwan University and an M.S. in financial engineering from Columbia University.

Brenda Espeleta
VP, Customs Compliance

Brenda is a US-licensed customs broker with a wealth of experience in both customs and compliance leadership. Before Flexport, she served as the VP, Customs Operations at CEVA logistics and is currently a board member of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America.

Mariken Kruijff
Global Head of Network Operations & Producurement

Mariken is building Flexport’s global warehouse network after leading transformation processes in Asia and Europe with TNT, Randstadt, and Berenschot, where she founded its change management advisory group. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology and Law from Leiden University.

Nerijus Poskus
Global Head of Ocean Operations & Procurement

Nerijus joined Flexport after six years at Kuehne + Nagel, where he built a national pricing function serving the company’s US offices, as well as procured ocean freight on the Transpacific and ISC trade lanes. He holds multiple degrees, including from ISM University of Management and Economics.

Neel Jones Shah
Global Head of Air Carrier Relationships

A widely recognized leader in the global logistics industry, Neel was formerly SVP/Chief Cargo Officer at Delta Airlines and VP Sales/Marketing at United Airlines. He sits on the board of Amerijet International and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Christian Vizcaino Jordan
VP, Trade and Financial Services

With 15+ years experience building businesses as an entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Christian was founder/CEO of Shipster Inc. before joining Flexport. Christian holds business and engineering degrees from Harvard, MIT, and the University of Texas, Austin.

Tom Gould
VP, Global Customs

With 20+ years experience, Tom Gould leads Flexport’s trade advisory services. Before Flexport, he was Sr. Director, Customs and International Trade for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. He is a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Support Network, and served on the board of the Foreign Trade Association.

Yuko Kamae
VP, Product Management

Yuko leads the product roadmap and execution at Flexport, where our platform services over 10,000 clients and partners. Before Flexport, Yuko led a product management team at Rakuten across various initiatives, from building a global platform for marketplace business to developing its ecosystem product strategy. She also led product and operational initiatives at Etsy, GREE International, and Yahoo!. Yuko holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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