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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 Revenue 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.

Senior Leadership

Karyn Scott
SVP, Global Head of Marketing

As global marketing leader, Karyn brings 20 years of experience specializing in product and technology marketing for high-growth organizations, including LogicMonitor, AppDynamics, Salesforce, and Cisco. Karyn holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from Boston University.

Jeremy Smith
SVP, North America Sales

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.

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.

Geoff Smalling
VP, Product Management

Geoff drives the technology and product roadmap at Flexport. He joined the company after roles as CTO at Wine.com and 500friends (acquired by Merkle, where he was VP, Loyalty Technology Products). He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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
VP, Global Head of Warehousing

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
VP, Global Head of Ocean Freight

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
EVP, Global Head of Air Freight

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, Global Head of Customs Brokerage

With 12+ 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.

Jan van Casteren

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.

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.

Stuart Leung
SVP, GM 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.

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