Ben Whitaker – CEO
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 – JustRide GM
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.
Dennis Marshall, Vice President of Business Development
Dennis Marshall is the Vice President of Business Development for Masabi. Prior to joining Masabi, Dennis was Managing Director and Principal of The KMA Group I, LLC, a business process and financial advisory firm structuring large-scale public-private partnerships and multi-year technology outsourcing agreements between public transit agencies and systems integrators and infrastructure investment funds. Before The KMA Group, Dennis served as General Manager and Chief Business Development Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the second largest public transportation system in the United States, and was responsible for strategy and business development in direct support of the CTA’s annual passenger revenues of approximately $525 million.
Dennis has compiled a broad-based professional background that includes extensive experience in business development and strategy, professional advisory, financing transactions and acquisitions, and corporate finance.
He holds a Master of Public Policy with a focus in Finance and Public Finance from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with highest honors, from DePaul University.
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 of Strategy and Development – 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.
Owen Day – CTO
Owen is Masabi’s CTO and has more than 15 years mobile industry experience, working for major brand such as Tesco where he was responsible for building a world class mobile application and mobile web development team.This work included building the iPhone and Android Grocery and Club Card applications, the iPhone insurance application and the recipe/shopping applications for HTML 5 and the iPad.
Prior to Tesco, Owen was a consultant for Touchnote, a service that allows users to send physical postcards direct from their mobile phones, where he built Android applications for pre-install onto Sony Ericsson handsets. Owen was also a founding member of Cognima, the company behind ShoZu, a leading provider of mobile phone application software and Global Mobile Awards winner two years running. As Senior Development Manager and Architect, he led the development on both J2EE and J2ME platforms, recruiting multi-centred development teams in London, Bangalore and San Francisco.
Owen holds an MSc. in Global Computing with Multimedia from Bristol University, as well as a BSc. Honours degree in Cybernetics with Computer Science from the University of Reading.
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.
Ed Howson – Director of Communications
Ed has over ten years experience in telecoms marketing and PR working with companies from across the value chain from core infrastructure technology, through handset components to mobile content. Since co-founding Masabi in 2001, he has lead marketing and media outreach for the company.
In 2005, Ed also founded specialist PR agency Temono which has since 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.