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Our Leadership Team

Meet our Management Team, Supervisory Board and Industry Advisory Board

Leadership Team

Edzard Overbeek HERE CEO
Edzard Overbeek

Chief Executive Officer

Edzard Overbeek is leading HERE Technologies as it enters the next phase of its growth as a newly independent location cloud company. He brings to HERE Technologies a unique mix of sales and technology experience, having joined from Cisco where he was Strategic Advisor and responsible for the Global Services organization with over $12 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees.

Jørgen Behrens
Jørgen Behrens

Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer

Jørgen Behrens is the Chief Product Officer of HERE. In this role, he is responsible for the evolution and commercial success of all HERE products including content, location services, platform and industry offerings. Jørgen joined HERE from Royal Philips where he founded and led a business focused on medical grade wearable devices and accompanying services for the prevention of chronic diseases.

Kristina Bohlmann
Kristina Bohlmann

Senior Vice President and Head of Brand Organization

Kristina Bohlmann oversees all marketing and communications activities for HERE Technologies. A passionate, energetic and down-to-earth leader, she brings to the role deep experience in both agency and corporate PR for consumer and B2B organizations. She has been a long-time advocate of placing social media at the heart of the company’s communications strategy. Prior to HERE Technologies, she led the communications function for Nokia in Germany.

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Werner Buskermolen

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Werner Buskermolen leads the Human Resources team at HERE Technologies. With more than 20 years of HR experience to draw upon, he acts as a senior advisor on all people-related and organizational matters to ensure the talent agenda aligns with the company’s vision in a best-in-class global, inclusive workplace. Prior to HERE, he worked for almost five years at Informatica, the global Enterprise Cloud Data Management company headquartered in Redwood City, California. During his remit there, he held several roles, last as Senior Director HR for EMEA. Before that he worked for over 5 years at NetApp as their Senior Manager Talent Acquisition in EMEA and prior to that he had several consulting roles in the HR domain.

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Denise Doyle

Chief Data Officer

Denise Doyle oversees Strategy & Data, which includes data sourcing, privacy, content and business models in multiple functions throughout the company. She has two decades of experience in strategy development, business portfolio planning and risk management across North America, Europe and Asia. She joined NAVTEQ – which later became HERE Technologies – in 1999, developing strategies and leading commercial negotiations on major supplier agreements. She also held business analyst roles at AOL and Miller Brewing Company.

Fred Hessabi
Fred Hessabi

Chief Customer Officer

In his role as Chief Customer Officer, Fred Hessabi is leading the Global Sales & Professional Services team. Fred is responsible for growing HERE’s business and diversifying the customer base globally. 
 
With more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, he brings a wealth of Software- and Platform-as-a-Service sales expertise. Prior to joining HERE, Fred held sales leadership roles at several prominent companies, including C3.ai, SAP and Siebel.

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Giovanni Lanfranchi

Senior Vice President Development and Chief Technology Officer

Giovanni Lanfranchi is Senior Vice President Development and CTO at HERE Technologies. He steers the venture of HERE Technologies into the next generation of location-based services based on platform-enabled applications and solutions in areas such as autonomous driving, asset management and augmented reality. Lanfranchi joined HERE Technologies from IBM in 2018, where he served as Vice President Global Technology Services and Head of WW Service Delivery Architecture & Technology in charge of the overall IBM Services Platform with Watson.

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Petra Marita Meiser

Chief Financial Officer

Petra Marita Meiser serves as CFO, overseeing various areas, including corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, and accounting. 

Meiser joined HERE in February 2020 from Daimler where her responsibilities ranged from strategic program management and M&A to corporate law and various corporate financial initiatives. At Daimler, she successfully led the program of Project Future, one of the biggest transformation initiatives in Daimler’s history, culminating in the November 2019 launch of a new corporate structure designed to optimally position the company for success in the era of connected and autonomous transportation. Prior to that, Meiser led M&A for Daimler in the Americas, Middle East and Africa and corporate worldwide, and held various other global responsibilities.

HERE Supervisory Board

International B.V. supports the company’s long-term strategy to become the leading location platform serving multiple industries.

Formed in 2016, the Supervisory Board brings together recognized industry leaders and shareholder representatives to oversee the executive leadership team of HERE Technologies.

Rudi Lamprecht
Rudi Lamprecht

Board Chairman

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Rudi Lamprecht, who brings to the role his deep experience of the telecommunications and information technology industries. He is currently also Chairman of EWC East-West-Connect GmbH; Chairman of Duagon AG; Board Member of AO.com; and Board Member of Fujitsu Technology Solutions. He is a former Member of the Board of Siemens AG.

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Koji Tashiro

Board Member

General Manager, HERE Project Office, Mitsubishi Corporation

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Dr. Rainer Feurer

Board Member

Senior Vice President Corporate Investments, BMW Group

Sajjad Khan
Sajjad Khan

Board Member

Executive Vice President – Member of Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, CASE

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Hiroki Kuriyama

Board Member

Senior Vice President, Head of 2020 Project and Business Collaboration, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)

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Dr. Neil Hunt

Board Member

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Curai

Axel Dewitz
Axel Dewitz

Board Member

Senior Vice President and Head of Taxes, Customs, M&A, Audi Group

Industry Advisory Board

Promoting industry insights, collaboration and innovation.

HERE is dedicated to enabling an autonomous world for everyone. Given that no company or individual can solve this alone, we have assembled acclaimed international experts and global thought leaders to create the HERE Industry Advisory Board (IAB).

The HERE IAB is a regular dialogue focused on sharing insights, igniting innovation and promoting collaboration that improves the way everyone and everything lives, moves and interacts with location data.

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Ricky Hudi

Founder & CEO, FMT/HERE Industry Advisory Board Chairman

Ricky Hudi is a mobility technology pioneer with great passion for innovation and over 28 years of experience in the automotive and related tech industry.

After holding various roles at BMW AG and AUDI AG he took over in January 2009 as Executive Vice President Development Electrics/Electronics AUDI AG.

He is Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for HERE, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the International Congress of Automotive Electronics in Ludwigsburg and serves on the Open Innovation Advisory Board for Samsung and on the Technology Council for Harman.

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Patrick Cheng

CEO, NavInfo

As one of the founders of NavInfo, Patrick Cheng has experience in technology, marketing, sales and management through taking responsibility of various departments over the last 13 years.

As CEO of NavInfo since 2015, he has been pushing the globalization of the company by enhancing global partnerships and fostering extensive R&D in the fields of autonomous driving and implementing “turnkey solutions” with hardware and software for telematics.

Prior to becoming CEO, Cheng was COO of NavInfo and played a key role in re-organizing the structure of the company and shaping its new strategic position. Cheng has also previously developed and managed NavInfo’s marketing and sales operations and expanded the business to European and North American clients.

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Thomas Lantzsch

SVP and General Manager of IoT Group, Intel Corporation

Thomas Lantzsch is the SVP and General Manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the worldwide organization responsible for Intel® architecture computing solutions across IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, retail, transportation, smart buildings and homes, and aerospace.

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Dr. Claudius Leibfritz

Member of Board of Management & CEO Global Automotive, Allianz

Dr. Leibfritz is a member of the board of management, Allianz Worldwide Partners SAS – German Branch and CEO Global Automotive Munich, Germany. Prior to this, he managed regional groups at Allianz and was Principal of the Boston Consulting Group’s German entity. Before this he spent more than ten years at Boston Consulting Group conducting various international projects. After graduating in Business Administration at the University of Tübingen, he earned his doctorate in Economics and Controlling at the University of Bern.

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Imran Sayeed

Innovation & Digital Transformation Advisor, NTT DATA

Imran Sayeed is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches Disruptive Technologies, New Business Models, Software and Internet Entrepreneurship, and Global Innovation in Large Companies. 

Previously, Sayeed was CTO and Head of the Digital Practice for NTT Data, Inc., a subsidiary of the 6th largest technology consulting company in the world with 75,000 employees in 45 countries and $16 billion in annual revenue. Sayeed also led the global Innovation initiatives across NTT DATA focusing on Disruptive, Incremental, Top Down, Grassroots, Industry-specific and Horizontal innovation and the mechanisms for developing, measuring and creating impact across 4 continents. 

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Rob Siegel

Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business/Partner, XSeed Capital

Robert Siegel is a lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Box, Stripe, AngelList, 23andMe, Lending Club, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Minted, 500 Startups, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange).

He is also a partner at XSeed Capital. His investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate and improve company performance, mobile solutions for firms of all sizes, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors.

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Cham Zhong

VP & General Manager Map, Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Cham Zhong leads three departments at Tencent MIG (Mobile Internet Business Group): Browser Product, Map Platform Product and Smart Platform Product. He established the Wireless R&D Department in 2008, and in early 2009, he launched the browser project, which hatched the basis of the mobile phone QQ browser.

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Young Sohn

President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International Industries

Young Sohn is president and chief strategy officer for Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, Harman International. He leads development and strategy for global innovation, investment and new business creation. Young led the $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries. 

Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, Young served as CEO of Oak Technologies, Agilent Semiconductor (now Avago) and Inphi Corporation. Under his leadership as CEO and board member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies and Inphi public. He also has served on the Boards of ARM, Synnex Corporation and Cymer, Inc. 

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Stephan Durach

SVP, Purchasing & Supplier Network Digital, BMW 

After graduating in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Stephan Durach joined BMW Group in Munich in 1998.

Durach started his career in software processes and methods by working across various departments in the Electronics division. In 2008 he became Head of Technology for the Palo Alto/Mountain View office. Returning to BMW headquarters in 2011, he took over the Entertainment, Mobile Devices and App Centers department before going on to lead ‘Electronics’ in the product line for luxury class BMW. In 2015, he joined the Purchasing and Supplier Network division to take the lead on purchasing for information and communications electronics and ConnectedDrive. In 2015, he extended his responsibility to the complete Electric/Electronic portfolio with the BMW Group.   

Dr. Michael Bolle
Dr. Michael Bolle

Member of the Board of Management, CDO, CTO, Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Michael Bolle has been President of the corporate sector for research and advanced engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH since April 2014.

He joined Bosch at the very beginning of his career, working in various positions in advanced engineering for multimedia systems. In 1999, he founded Systemonic AG. However, he returned to Bosch in 2003, including a stint in Japan with DENSO, and since 2006 has worked in positions for driver-information systems, as well as development and product sectors for Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH.

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George Massing

Vice President for Digital Vehicle & Mobility, Daimler 

Georges Massing is the Vice President Digital Vehicle & Mobility at Daimler AG. He joined Daimler as Director User Interaction & Software for the Mercedes-Benz vehicle portfolio in 2016. Previously, he was responsible for Driver Experience, mechatronic controls and interior light for BMW AG in Munich and held various management positions in areas such as gesture and eye control, driver assistance systems, EV/hybrid vehicles and lighting systems at Magna. Georges Massing holds a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from Technical University of Berlin.

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Dr. Klaus Büttner

Executive Vice President, Development Electrics/Electronics, AUDI AG

Dr. Klaus Büttner is a Mechanical Engineering graduate who started his professional career in 1997 at BMW Group in Munich. While there, he operated in different strategic and operative management positions including in innovation management, advanced driving assistance and safety systems as well as Human Machine Interface. From 2013 to 2019, he took over responsibility as VP for various strategic fields like Electronics, User Experience, Connected Car and Autonomous Driving. In his current role as Head of Electrics/Electronics of AUDI AG, he is responsible for developing vehicle electronics and Car IT.

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Werner Köstler

Senior Vice President, member of the VNI Management Board at Continental AG

Werner Köstler is a member of Continental AG’s VNI (Vehicle Networking and Information) management board and has been heading the VNI strategy department since 2014. He joined Siemens VDO in 1992 where he headed the Chassis Electronic NAFTA, Body & Security business units for Tier-1 customers as well as the Corporate Strategy Asia Pacific in Shanghai. After the acquisition of Siemens VDO by Continental in 2007/2008, Werner Köstler took over the position as Vice President of the Interior Korea division in Seoul, after which he led the Body & Security Asian OEM division in Yokohama, Japan. In 2014, he moved to Regensburg and has been heading the VNI strategy department.

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Dr. Kazuo Iwano

Advisor, Digital Strategy Department, Mitsubishi Corporation Fellow, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

Dr. Kazuo Iwano has been working for Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation to realize new business model and digital transformation by exploiting digital technology and its concept as Chief Digital Officer since 2017 and as a Fellow since April 2020. Prior to the Mitsubishi Corporation, he worked at IBM and engaged in various roles such as VP of Emerging Businesses Opportunities, Director of Tokyo Research Laboratory, Director of Autonomic Computing, T.J. Watson Research center and VP of Yamato Software Laboratory. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and SIAM, a fellow of the Information Processing Society of Japan, and an associated member of the Science Council of Japan. He has been a visiting professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2010.