Brian Zanghi – CEO

Brian is Masabi’s Chief Executive Officer and President. He is focused on accelerating the company’s growth globally, and scaling the team to serve the evolving mobile ticketing market. He is a software industry veteran who brings 20 years of experience in building software-as-a-service businesses to address the global market.

Prior to joining Masabi, Brian was CEO of Awareness, Inc, a provider of social marketing software. Before that he also served as CEO of Kadient and held ‘C’-level positions at a variety of software companies such as SPSS, NetGenesis and eRoom.

Ben Whitaker – Head of Innovation

A Co-Founder of Masabi, Ben is the company’s product evangelist, focussing primarily on business development at the company. He is a familiar face on both the mobile and train industry circuits, regularly invited to interviews and speaking slots at major industry events worldwide.

A classic visionary, Ben helped define the UK rail mobile ticketing standard and move the weight of industry opinion behind it. He is also a security expert with a strong engineering background, designing Masabi’s award-winning encryptMe product. Prior to founding Masabi, Ben worked at IBM, Xerox and Raytheon (Encrypted Radar Systems) on projects ranging from computer interface usability to military cryptography. Ben has an MEng degree in Engineering and Management (MET) from Cambridge University.

Tom Godber – CTO

Tom is a Co-Founder of Masabi and a mobile programming expert with a passion for design and usability. Keenly aware of changing mobile trends in what is one the fastest moving consumer markets today, he defines the technical strategic goals and implementation plans that allow Masabi to best meet the needs of end users.

Tom has spent almost ten years at Masabi building mobile applications, servers and frameworks, troubleshooting, and architected a gaming platform now processing millions of dollars per month. Prior to founding Masabi, Tom worked with Accenture and Trilogy Software in addition to founding MoMo Estonia. Tom has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Matt Jones – CFO

Matt is Masabi’s CFO supporting the company’s financial, commercial and strategic development as it grows and expands into new markets.

He joined in February 2012 from PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where he spent 11 years advising private equity and corporate clients making acquisitions, divestments and operational improvements. During this time Matt has worked on projects for clients across the globe including in Europe, the Middle East and US across a variety of sectors in particular Technology, Media and Telecoms.

Matt qualified as Chartered Accountant in 2003 and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Exeter.

Giacomo Biggiero – UK Rail GM

As UK General Manager Giacomo is responsible for Masabi’s operations in the UK rail market. Giacomo works closely with UK transport operators and market suppliers to realise the consumer convenience and operational benefits mobile smart ticketing can deliver to this mature yet complex market.

Involved in the Project Management of the Masabi UK Rail product from inception, Giacomo has overseen the evolution of the product from proof-of-concept through to multiple roll-outs to nearly half of the UK rail industry, continuously expanding the national mTicketing offering as it matures from small-scale trials to large multi-operator routes.

Before joining the team in the early days, Giacomo co-founded a Ship Concept Design software company. Giacomo has an M.Sc, BEng in Mechanical Engineering from University College London.

Josh Robin, Vice President, North America

Josh is Masabi’s Vice President for Strategy and Development – North America. In this role, he is responsible for working with US transit agencies to deploy Masabi’s mobile ticketing and agile fare collection systems.

Prior to joining Masabi, Josh was the Director of Innovation for the MBTA in Boston. While at the MBTA, he led a number of digital communications efforts including the launch of the United States’ first mobile ticketing for commuter rail, implementation of countdown signs on the T’s heavy rail lines, and the release of real-time bus information.

Ed Howson – Co-Founder

Ed is a Co-Founder of Masabi and has over fifteen years’ experience in the mobile sector. Since founding the company he has worked across marketing, PR and business development where he helped to define the company’s brand identity and raise its profile within the mobile and transport sectors forging strategic partnerships with companies such as MasterCard and transport giant Keolis.

From Masabi’s origins offering free mobile games with in-app purchases a decade before they became mainstream, to casino games and mobile payments, he has kept Masabi at the cutting edge of technology and grown the company to where it is today, one of the fastest growing, innovative, mobile ticketing companies in the world.

Alongside Masabi, Ed also founded specialist PR agency Temono which has grown its client base to include: IPWireless, Ubiquisys, RAD Data Communications, the Femto Forum and Ericsson IPX. He previously worked at AxiCom, a leading pan-European PR and Marketing consultancy where he managed accounts including Flarion, Trigenix, Airespace, RealNetworks, Symbian, Sierra Wireless, Esmertec, Beatnik and IBM.

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