HERE Leadership Team
Everything on the planet has a location. By harnessing the power of that location, the HERE Open Location Platform can help a driver to reach his or her destination safely, a city to better manage its infrastructure or a business to optimize its assets. Companies such as Amazon, Baidu, Microsoft and Samsung trust HERE Technologies to power their mobile and online location-based services, while automotive giants rely on our location cloud to deliver an enhanced, interconnected driving experience.
Meet the HERE leadership team and find out how they’re contributing to our journey towards autonomous driving and smart cities.
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.Download Biography (90.88 KB)
SVP Marketing and Communications
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.Download Biography (26.4 KB)
Head of Corporate Development and IP Licensing
Denise Doyle leads corporate development for HERE Technologies. She brings two decades of experience in strategy development, business portfolio planning and risk management across North America, Europe and Asia, including China. Doyle joined NAVTEQ – which later became HERE Technologies – in 1999, subsequently developing business model strategies and leading commercial negotiations on a number of major supplier partnership agreements.Download Biography (69.04 KB)
Head of Automotive
Ralf Herrtwich is focused on bringing the power of HERE Open Location Platform into vehicles as well as accelerating the deployment of location technologies to support autonomous driving. Herrtwich joined HERE Technologies from Daimler AG where, since 1998, he has held various roles, with the last one being Director Vehicle Automation and Chassis Systems. During his time at Daimler he initiated its groundbreaking Mercedes-Benz S500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE Project.Download Biography (113.52 KB)
VP Head of Mobility
Liad Itzhak is leading the Mobility business unit at HERE Technologies, driving the next revolution of the mobility ecosystem. Itzhak brings vast experience as a leader in the world of smart mobility, with expertise in consumer apps and big data. Prior to joining HERE, Itzhak built key units at Waze/Google from the ground up, including Data, Maps and QA. Itzhak led the data strategy of the company, turning Waze into a data-driven organization.Download Biography (82.23 KB)
Chief Platform Officer
Peter Kürpick is overseeing the push 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. Kürpick joined HERE Technologies from Unify, a global communications software and services company, where he served as Executive Vice President of its Product House organization.Download Biography (109.04 KB)
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Meier has an extensive background in corporate finance and governance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, strategic planning, M&A and risk management. Meier joined HERE Technologies from Kuoni Group where until November 2015 he served as CEO and, prior to that, as CFO. Before Kuoni, he held a variety of senior management and leadership positions at Sulzer Ltd., including that of CFO.Download Biography (108.21 KB)
Angel L. Mendez
Chief Operating Officer
Angel L. Mendez holds responsibility for the strategic and operational execution of the core business of HERE Technologies, with a key emphasis on operational excellence, business process innovation and systems automation. Mendez brings over 30 years of management expertise to HERE Technologies. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President - Transformation at Cisco. Prior to this role, he led Cisco’s Customer Value Chain Management organization.Download Biography (108.76 KB)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kelley Steven-Waiss is overseeing the human resource management and talent strategy of HERE Technologies. Steven-Waiss has more than 20 years of executive management experience in human resources, change management, and corporate communications, and excels in aligning people and resources to effectively execute the business strategy. Prior to joining HERE Technologies, Steven-Waiss was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Extreme Networks.Download Biography (111.46 KB)
Chief Customer Officer
In his role as Chief Customer Officer, Jeff White is responsible for leading the global sales organization as well as driving the company’s go-to-market strategy. He has more than 25 years of experience in leading global sales and operations in the IT and telecommunications industries, serving as Chief Revenue Officer at Syniverse and Extreme Networks. White also held various leadership roles over 17 years at Cisco, where he successfully led Cisco’s largest accounts and grew the telecom business in Asia Pacific.Download Biography (20.76 KB)
SVP and General Manager EMEA
Stefan joined HERE in 2015 and as Head of Transformation, he led the transformation of the company towards greater operational efficiency and productivity. In his role as General Manager EMEA, he is responsible for prioritizing, initiating and maintaining customer relationships and ensuring service delivery across Europe and Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining HERE, Stefan served as CEO of Lufthansa Systems, where he led the business restructuring and strategic realignment to improve customer-centricity and service delivery.Download Biography (173.27 KB)
SVP and General Manager Americas
With her extensive track record in developing and leading innovative sales, go- to-market (GTM) and business development strategies, Sandy is responsible for driving sustainable, customer-focused growth throughout North and Latin America.
In her previous role as Global Vice President at Cisco, Sandy evolved the entire GTM model and sales architecture and created a new organization focusing on consultative and outcome-based selling. Prior to that Sandy worked in various general management roles in a few start-ups, including leadership positions for global healthcare company Baxter International.Download Biography (172.36 KB)
Leon Van de Pas
SVP and General Manager APAC
Leon van de Pas was appointed SVP and General Manager for APAC in January 2018 with the remit to drive strategy, expand customer relationships and build business opportunities and our presence in this highly dynamic and strategically critical region.
Since joining HERE Technologies in 2014, Leon van de Pas has been instrumental in driving and building HERE’s capabilities in the IoT space, and has led the development of a broad range of location platform services for cities, government, enterprises and consumers. Leon is an electrical engineer by training and has more than 25 years of experience in international sales and business development from start-ups to global businesses.Download Biography (116.27 KB)