project44 Announces Several Team Additions to Further Accelerate Sales and Product Growth

September 26, 2017 – Chicago IL—project44, the logistics and transportation industry’s leading automation and visibility SaaS technology provider, announced today several key additions to their Sales and Engineering teams. These new hires come during a period of strong hypergrowth as the technology company’s cutting-edge platform continues to accelerate digital transformation within the supply chain.

With the purpose of driving new business development and adding to the company’s groundbreaking technology capabilities, these individuals were hand-picked as impactful top performers in their respective fields.

  • Dan Kirsche – VP, Engineering – Dan has an impressive product and engineering background, spanning over 15 years, and touching multiple industries including Food & Beverage and E-Commerce. Before joining project44, he worked for one of the fastest-growing startups Chicago has ever seen, Groupon, from 2013-2017, holding the position Director of Software Engineering, leading the company world-class predictive analytics and data solutions.
  • Mitch Kowalewski – SVP, Strategic Accounts – Most recently, Mitch served as the VP of Enterprise Sales at Transplace. His experience brings a unique level of insight into the technical side of the industry, and more specifically, how technology can enable smarter end-to-end shipping experiences and deliver stronger value to the end consumer. Mitch has a diverse background that includes cross border supply chain management, Intermodal, and truckload.
  • John Rattay – VP, Business Development – John brings a strong leadership element to the project44 sales team, along with a wealth of industry experience thanks to five years at Trax Technologies. While at Trax, John held the role of Vice President, Sales and Account Management, owning over $20M in annual recurring revenue. This experience is key at a time when the demand for agile SaaS services continues to skyrocket among shippers.
  • Mikael Trapper – VP, Business Development – A former Vice President of Sales at the supply chain data analytics provider, BridgeNet Solutions, Mikael brings in nearly a decade of industry and sales experience. She will use her key insights to drive business development and sales growth for project44.

“project44 is priming itself for even stronger growth in the coming months as we quickly respond to market demands to expand our modern real-time connectivity into all transportation modes and geographies,” said project44 CEO, Jett McCandless. “These additions to our core team bring a combined seventy five-plus years of industry experience and an impressive base of SaaS technology knowledge and leadership.”

The personnel growth compliments an already outstanding group of logistics and technology professionals, furthering the technology company’s ability to deliver smarter and more automated end-to-end shipping experiences to their growing base of customers, including newly signed Evans Transportation. project44 has also significantly grown its channel partner integration program in the past quarter with key additions, most notably being certified as a Gold Partner of the Oracle OTM Transportation Management System.

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About projectAUTOMATE

This announcement comes as project44 prepares to host its first annual technology summit, projectAUTOMATE, October 10-11 in their home city of Chicago. projectAUTOMATE will bring together key thought leaders and C-Suite executives in the transportation and logistics space, with the goal of solving critical automation and visibility challenges, and gaining insights to make more impactful business and technology decisions.

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